SINGAPORE: A total of 29 smokers near Yew Tee Point and Jurong Point were fined on Monday (Nov 26) after they were caught with duty-unpaid cigarettes.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Singapore Customs said its officers conducted checks on smokers in the area, and issued offenders with fines ranging from S$500 to S$800.
"Singapore Customs conducts such regular operations island-wide to suppress the demand for duty-unpaid cigarettes," it added.
A first-time offender who has up to one packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes in his or her possession will be fined S$500.
Heavier penalties will apply if the offender is found with more than one packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes and/or if the person is a repeat offender.
Earlier this month, Customs officers seized close to 12,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes during several raids in the Tuas industrial area.
On Nov 23, Immigration and Checkpoint Authority officers seized 7,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes at the Tuas Checkpoint.