Two Singaporean men are being investigated by Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) for the illegal import of animals, after checkpoint officers uncovered two spotted doves and three live sugar gliders hidden in the car.
According to a statement by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority on Thursday, a Singapore-registered car driven by a 20-year-old Singaporean man was referred for further checks upon arrival at the Tuas Checkpoint on August 25 at about 10.40pm. The driver was accompanied by another man, a 44-year-old Singaporean.
During the course of inspection, checkpoint officers uncovered two bird cages each containing a live spotted dove, hidden in the gap between the rear bumper and the car boot. In addition, a small black pouch containing three live sugar gliders were found concealed behind the glove compartment.
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) was immediately alerted. The animals have also been seized by the authority.
The importation of any animals or live birds without an AVA permit is an offence. Offenders can be charged in court and fined a maximum of $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.