These images show how a woman was caught allegedly smuggling over 1,200 packets of cigarettes in this secret compartment in the roof of her car.
The car was stopped at the Tuas Checkpoint in the city-state of Singapore after officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) reportedly became suspicious of it.
The driver, a 32-year-old Malaysian woman, was asked to allow further checks on the vehicle and officers from the ICA then found 502 cartons and 1,260 packets of cigarettes packed into a fake compartment under the roof of the vehicle.
The cigarettes allegedly did not have duty paid on them and the driver was handed over tot eh Singapore Customs for further investigations.
The vehicle involved in the incident was reportedly registered in Malaysia.
The ICA added: “This method of concealment is a cause for concern as similar methods may be used by people with ill intent to smuggle security items into Singapore.
“The ICA will continue to conduct security checks on passengers, goods and vehicles so as to safeguard Singapore’s security.”
The cigarettes were of the Double Happiness brand from China manufactured by the Shanghai Tobacco Corporation.
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