SINGAPORE – A 41-year-old man was arrested and fined on Thursday (November 15th) for bringing 4,560 bags of chewing tobacco to Singapore last year.
On August 12, 2017, Carigesi Seledori was checked by immigration and checkpoint officers (ICA) at Tuas Checkpoint while driving to Singapore.
Officers have found 2,460 bags of tobacco Hans Chhap khaini hidden in the back panel and rear sound panels of the vehicle.
According to the Health Science Authority (HSA), cucumber tobacco is a form of chewing tobacco, which is intended for use by mouth setting. It consists of a wet, dark brown tobacco leaf, mixed with aerated lime or spices and has a special smell.
Further investigations by the HSA found that Kartigesi was also smuggled into 2,100 bags of tobacco Hans Chhap Khaini on August 10 last year. He claimed that $ 250 was promised in Malaysia every time he entered into prohibited products in Singapore.
The estimated total value of 4,560 bags is 4,560 to 9,120 dollars.
Kartigesi was sentenced to five weeks in prison and a fine of $ 250. He is the fourth person ever convicted and imprisoned for importing chewing tobacco, which is illegal in Singapore.
In a statement, the HSA reminded the public that import, distribution, sale or offer for the sale of tobacco products was prohibited under the Tobacco Law (Advertising and Sales Control).
Such products include tobacco stitch, nameless tobacco and chewing tobacco such as Gutkha, Khaini, Zarda, evaporators and their ingredients.
The first offenders under this law may be fined up to $ 10,000 in prison up to six months or both. For every crime count, repeaters are punished up to $ 20,000 in jail for up to 12 months or both.
In addition, since February 1 this year, it is prohibited to own, purchase and use new tobacco products in Singapore. Anyone found guilty of this can be punished up to $ 2,000 for each crime.
HSA strongly advised the public not to buy or bring harmful tobacco products to Singapore.
Members of the public who have information on the prohibited sale of harmful tobacco products may contact the HSA Tobacco Control Department at 6684-2036 or 6684-2037 from 9 to 17:30, Monday to Friday.