8 Indonesian men arrested
Eight foreigners arrested during the joint operation on 21 Dec 2016 ICA

Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) arrested eight Indonesian men on Friday after they were caught peddling duty-unpaid cigarettes on 21 December.

ICA said in a news release that the detainees have been slapped with immigration charges after they were nabbed following a three-hour long raid near Yew Tee Industrial Estate. The raid was carried by ICA, the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Customs officers. ICA also said that it takes a "serious view" of illegal attempts to overstay, enter or depart Singapore.

Singapore police have ordered an investigation into the matter after retrieving around 119 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes were also seized from the miscreants. Following the initial investigation, it was also revealed that the potential duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) involved amounted to about $10,460 and $1,005 respectively.

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The Indonesian can land in jail for of up to six months and receive a minimum of three strokes of the cane Under the Immigration Act (Cap 133).