SINGAPORE: A Malaysian driver has been fined S$18,000 after he was caught trying to smuggle whiskey from across the causeway.
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers checked the driver's vehicle after a loose bolt on its floorboard roused the officers' suspicion.
The smuggler had tried to hide the whiskey in the fuel tank of a Malaysia-registered car, at the Woodlands Checkpoint on December 17.
After a full examination, the ICA officers found a metallic box that had been installed inside the fuel tank, which contained more than 50 litres of duty-unpaid whisky.
The customs duty and GST amount came up to almost S$2,000.
The driver faces up to 12 weeks' jail if he fails to pay the fine.
ICA said if convicted of importing uncustomed goods, first-time offenders can be fined up to 20 times the duty amount evaded and jailed up to three years.
Subsequent offenders face twice the fine amount and jail term.
Channel News Asia