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Man caught twice in the same day for smoking duty-unpaid cigarettes

Man caught twice in the same day for smoking duty-unpaid cigarettes

A man was caught by Singapore Customs officers twice on the same day for possessing duty-unpaid cigarettes. (Photo: Singapore Customs)

SINGAPORE: A 53-year-old Singaporean has been fined S$2,900 after he was caught twice in the same day for possessing duty-unpaid cigarettes. 

He had also previously committed similar offences in 2013 and 2015, said Singapore Customs on Wednesday (Oct 10). 

The man was first caught for smoking a duty-unpaid cigarette when Singapore Customs officers conducted checks in Bukit Merah Central on Oct 4. 

About 90 minutes later, officers again spotted him smoking a contraband cigarette in the same area.

Followup checks were conducted at his home and workplace, and officers found three packets and 10 sticks of duty-unpaid cigarettes.

He was issued composition sums totalling S$2,900 for his offences, said Singapore Customs in a Facebook post. 

READ: 152 offenders caught for contraband cigarettes

The composition sum for a first-time offender who possesses up to one packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes is S$500.

Repeat offenders and those found with more than one packet of contraband cigarettes face stiffer penalties.  

Source: CNA/aa(gs)


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