SINGAPORE: Two Malaysian men were recently caught trying to smuggle e-cigarettes and related paraphernalia into Singapore by strapping the items to their legs, the authorities said on Thursday (Jun 20).
In a Facebook post, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that the men arrived at Woodlands Checkpoint in a Malaysia-registered taxi on Jun 18, and were referred for further checks.
“During the course of checks, officers found a total of two e-cigarettes and eight bottles of e-cigarette liquids strapped to the legs of a 22-year-old male Malaysian,” said ICA.
E-cigarette parts were found on another 21-year-old Malaysian man seated in the same taxi.
ICA said on Thursday that both were assisting the Health Sciences Authority in its investigation.
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It added that it would continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles to prevent smuggling attempts of undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives or other contraband.
In April, e-cigarette paraphernalia was found hidden in a container of cooked white rice at Woodlands Checkpoint. ICA shared a photo on Facebook of what appeared to be bottles of juice - which turned out to be liquid containing nicotine - taped together and covered with rice in a blue container.
The container was found in the storage compartment of a Malaysia-registered motorcycle.
The buying, using and possessing of e-cigarettes is illegal in Singapore.