The Police Coast Guard, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A fast-moving craft was spotted by the Police Coast Guard in waters near Tuas, Singapore, on Saturday. Over the following six hours, ten passengers, all Indonesians, were subsequently arrested for allegedly entering the country illegally, Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported, citing a police statement issued late on Sunday.

In the early evening the vessel was seen drawing close to the shore at Tuas reclaimed area, where the passengers allegedly landed.

Activating both land and sea resources, plus an unmanned aerial drone, officers were sent to conduct a sweep of the area.

Over the course of a six-hour operation, police detected and arrested ten Indonesian men aged between 20 and 44.

If convicted of unlawful entry, offenders could each face up to six months in jail and receive at least three strokes of the cane.

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