He said bags carrying contraband cigarettes contained toys

He said bags carrying contraband cigarettes contained toys
The boxes and plastic bags of contraband cigarettes were stacked into a van, which is believed to belong to Singapore Customs. There were 1,470 cartons of cigarettes found in the suspect's house.

SINGAPORE - He worked as a bus driver.

But every morning, at 7am, his neighbours saw him carry large, heavy boxes out of his one-room flat in Block 420, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10.

When the 46-year-old man returned in the evening, he brought back two more boxes that looked different from the ones before, neighbours said.

His next-door neighbour, who wanted to be known as Madam Lau, 41, was puzzled: "Why would a bus driver need to carry such huge boxes?"

The truth came to light on Friday evening when officers from Singapore Customs seized 1,470 cartons of contraband cigarettes from the man's home.

He had been using his house as a storeroom for the cigarettes.

Acting on a tip-off, officers mounted a seven-hour operation near his home on Friday afternoon, said a Singapore Customs spokesman.

They spotted the man carrying a haversack and a plastic bag and suspected that he was carrying contraband cigarettes.

When they inspected his bags, more than 25 cartons of duty unpaid cigarettes were found.

The suspect then led the enforcement officers to his home.

There, officers found boxes of contraband cigarettes of various brands, said the spokesman.

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