Woodlands Checkpoint Jam: Man Who Went Rogue Last Night Was Smuggling 5,000 Cartons Of Cigarettes
Local police are still searching for a 31-year-old Malaysian male who abandoned his lorry in the wee hours of Thursday (5 Jul) morning.
While his lorry was subject to “further checks” at a cargo checking bay, Asrul Nizam Jamil leaped out of his lorry at around 2.50am and promptly escaped.
What was he hiding?
5,000 hidden cartons of cigarettes — all of which were duty-unpaid.
Consequences of his actions
Well, Asrul may have escaped. But other drivers and commuters were unable to escape the massive jam that ensued.
As checkpoint operations were ‘temporarily suspended’ to locate the man who had gone rogue.
A motorist lamented that at this point, Woodlands Checkpoint seemed “on lockdown”, having been stuck there from 3-4.15am.
Heavy arrival traffic at 6am
This situation lasted at least till 5am, as Immigrations Checkpoint & Authorities (ICA) warned in a Facebook post that “enhanced checks” would be conducted.
ICA’s next update at 6am, reiterated their warning about expected delays and “heavy arrival traffic”.
They explained that this was due to the “usual morning peak period” and “build up from [the] earlier operation”.
Woodlands Checkpoint on ‘lockdown’
For those who wish to cross the Causeway, it’s advisable to check the One Motoring site today, before setting off.
In the meantime, anyone with information on Asrul’s whereabouts should immediately contact the police:
- Call 1800-255-0000
- Visit www.police.gov.sg/iwitness to submit info