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Eight men, aged between 22 and 37, were nabbed in a multi-agency joint operation conducted last Thursday (Apr 2).
The operation, which was led by Jurong Police Division and supported by officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Singapore Customs, covered the forested areas at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
"During the operation, two men were arrested for entering Singapore unlawfully while the remaining six men were arrested for remaining unlawfully in Singapore for a period exceeding 90 days," police said in a statement on Monday (Apr 6).
The eight men were handed over to ICA for further investigations.
"The police and ICA take a serious view of attempts to overstay, enter or depart Singapore unlawfully," the statement added.
Under the Immigration Act, the penalties for overstaying or unlawful entry are a jail term of up to six months and at least three strokes of the cane.