Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Changi Airfreight Centre seized a package containing 65 bullets last week. According to officers, the parcel was on its way to another destination. Straits Times reported that an officer on duty detected that the parcel contained bullets while screening. However, police refused to say anything on the parcel's destination or from where it came.
A probe has been ordered into the matter and the case is being investigated under importation of guns, arms or explosives without licences under the Arms and Explosives Act. If anyone is found guilty, the party can land in jail for up to three years and can be fined up to $10,000.
Singapore's Changi Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. Thus officers maintain a strict vigilance and make sure all items go through proper checks and meet all policies and other requirements.
According to Steven Lee, chairman of the Singapore Aircargo Agents Association, the police maintain a database of "known" shippers so that goods being exported from Singapore can be effectively deployed, according to the news website. However, to be on the list, the companies have to show that they carry out strict security checks in their warehouses.
The chairman further said that the main challenges lie with checking transit items that are in Singapore for just a few hours. The package containing bullets was one of such transit items.
"To prevent such cases, our members that ship items through Singapore from other markets usually work with shippers who are licensed and well-informed of the rules and regulations imposed by the authorities here," he said as reported.