More than 11,000 bags of tobacco seized in Oman

Energy Tuesday 06/February/2018 13:18 PM
By: Times News Service
More than 11,000 bags of tobacco seized in Oman

Muscat: A large amount of tobacco, including 328 bags of chewing tobacco, were seized by the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP), in Al Buraimi and Sohar.

PACP in coordination with the Criminal Investigation Department, recently managed to nab people who were manufacturing and selling tobacco in a house. The organisation also seized various tobacco products.

A statement from PACP read, “A house was raided and the defendants were arrested for selling and manufacturing tobacco. This raid resulted in the confiscation of 11,237 bags of tobacco, 197 kg of raw materials used to manufacture tobacco and OMR297.”

The goods were confiscated and the suspects were sent for further investigation.

In another such instance, The Directorate General of Consumer Protection in North Batinah Governorate, recently managed to seize large quantities of chewing tobacco in a shop in Sohar. This act goes against Decision No. (256/2015) that deals with the prohibition of the circulation of tobacco.
PACP announced, "The defendant was arrested with 328 bags of chewing tobacco. He was found hiding the product in the hollow of a plastic chair. The seller was sitting on it during the visit of the inspection team to dispel suspicion. Accordingly, the Directorate took legal action.”