A man who repeatedly dealt with unpaid cigarettes has been jailed for 39 months and fined $ 16 million, and will serve an additional 25 months and a day in jail for failing to pay l ‘fine.
Singaporean Loh Hu Seong, 58, reportedly worked with a Malaysian in 2018 to smuggle unpaid cigarettes into Singapore, in exchange for $ 1,000 to $ 2,000 for each shipment, going so far as to search for warehouses in Singapore for the operation. , Singapore customs said yesterday.
He and the Malaysian man sourced excavator parts in Singapore to hide the cigarettes, using an industrial unit at Tuas South Street 1, which Loh hired, to dismantle the excavators and retrieve the cigarettes.
In November of the same year, Singapore Customs found 5,428 cartons and 25 packets of unpaid cigarettes in a raid on the unit, with many cigarettes concealed in the arms of recycled excavators.
The total duties and taxes on the evaded goods and services amounted to $ 552,410.
Five men were arrested. Singapore Customs is also investigating the Malaysian man.
Investigations showed that Loh, during the same period, was also engaged in “a criminal conspiracy” with another Singaporean, telling him that he needed digger arms with holes to hide cigarettes.
This unnamed man then had a worker drill holes in the arms of the excavator and place brackets with screws to cover the hidden spaces. Legal proceedings are underway against the man.
Loh is a repeat offender. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2016 for the same crime.
This time his sentence was reinforced.
Singapore Customs Intelligence and Investigation Deputy Director General Yeo Sew Meng said, âSingapore Customs will not relax in its efforts to crack down on cigarette smuggling activities.
“The prison sentence and fine imposed is a reminder of the harsh penalties that repeat offenders face. Those considering illegal smoking-related activities should carefully consider the consequences when caught.”