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Singapore – “Do not pull our legs!” wrote the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on their Facebook page after finding e-cigarettes and cigarette liquids during an inspection at Woodlands Checkpoint on June 18.

A Malaysia-registered taxi was referred for further checks by ICA officers at Woodlands Checkpoint on Tuesday.

Two male Malaysians, ages 21 and 22 years old, were caught by the officers trying to smuggle prohibited items across the borders into Singapore.

Two e-cigarettes and eight bottles of e-cigarette liquids were strapped to the legs of one suspect while additional e-cigarette parts were found on the other seated in the same taxi, said the ICA.

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The men are currently assisting the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in the investigation.

“Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore’s security. ICA will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles to prevent smuggling attempts of undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives or other contrabands,” said the ICA.

As per the HSA, vaporisers, including e-cigarettes, e-pipes, and e-cigars, are prohibited under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act.

Do not pull our legs!ICA officers at Woodlands Checkpoint referred an arriving Malaysia-registered taxi for further…

Posted by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority on Thursday, June 20, 2019

On the same day, ICA officers discovered duty-unpaid beers at a scanning station which they captioned, “Time to ‘beer’ the consequences” at the Facebook statement.

The ICA unboxed 165 cartons, and 1,575 bottles of duty-unpaid beers in consignment declared as “fresh cabbages and potatoes.”

“ICA officers had detected anomalies in the scanned images of the 40-footer refrigerated container when it was presented for clearance at Pasir Panjang Scanning Station,” said authorities.

“An unstuffing operation was conducted by ICA officers thereafter at an industrial building along Enterprise Road where the duty-unpaid beers were uncovered,” they added.

The case has been handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigation.

The ICA has done it again, and garnered much applause by the online community, with many thanking them for ensuring the safety of Singapore.

They commended the ICA for a job well done, as well as their Facebook admin for coming up with witty and humorous captions for every update.

Do not pull our legs!ICA officers at Woodlands Checkpoint referred an arriving Malaysia-registered taxi for further…

Posted by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority on Thursday, June 20, 2019

For other foiled attempts at smuggling contraband items into Singapore,

Read related: Malaysians exiting Singapore caught smuggling woman in car boot at Woodlands Checkpoint

Read related: 5 cars stuffed with cigarettes in every nook and cranny caught at Woodlands Checkpoint

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