A malaysian man was fined $15,800 (S$15,800) yesterday after he pleaded guilty to possession of untaxed cigarettes.
The court document stated that customs officers and Narcotics Control Bureau officers stopped a vehicle driven by Chai Siong Thiam from Miri on Thursday.
When Chai told the customs officers that he had nothing to declare, a thorough inspection was subsequently conducted and they found 55 cartons of cigarettes inside the rear compartment of the passenger's seat and inside a speaker box.
Upon investigation, Chai admitted that he had purchased all the seized goods in Miri for RM960 (S$375) and he knew that it was an offence to bring in cigarettes without a permit. The excise duty to be paid for the cigarettes was $2,600.
During the proceedings yesterday, the court ordered Chai to pay the fines immediately or face eight months in jail.