Expat arrested, fined for possessing prohibited cigarettes in South Al Batinah

Oman Tuesday 17/January/2023 10:58 AM
By: Times News Service
Expat arrested, fined for possessing prohibited cigarettes in South Al Batinah
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Muscat: An administrative fine of 2000 OMR has been charged against an expatriate worker in South Al Batinah Governorate who was arrested for possessing more than 5,600 packets of tobacco and prohibited cigarettes.

The Consumer Protection Department in the South Al Batinah Governorate in Barka, represented by the Inspection and Market Control Department, and uniting efforts with the Royal Oman Police to combat smokeless tobacco, arrested an expatriate worker selling non-smoking tobacco and prohibited cigarettes, which comes as part of the authority's efforts to control prohibited goods and contribute to the security and safety of society through its continuous periodic campaigns.

The details of the seizure was made after receiving a report from a consumer who saw a worker of Asian nationality working in the field of carpentry and decoration selling non-smoking tobacco. After monitoring, research and investigation, the control team arrested the worker who was selling and promoting it through his car.

He was found in possession of 3640 bags of non-smoking tobacco, in addition to 1990 packs of banned cigarettes. The seizures were investigated by the administration in preparation for their destruction. Legal procedures were made and an administrative fine of OMR 2000 was charged in accordance with Resolution No. (301/2016) regarding the prohibition of the circulation of non-smoking tobacco in any form.