Large illegal tobacco haul seized in Muscat

Oman Tuesday 11/June/2024 11:46 AM
By: Times News Service

Muscat: More than 800 bags and boxes of non-smoking chewing tobacco and sums of money were seized in the Wilayat of Muttrah, Muscat Governorate

The law enforcement officers in collaboration with the Royal Oman Police and the Public Prosecution spotted a group of Asian expatriates who store, distribute, and sell non-smoking chewing tobacco.

The campaign comes as part of the efforts made by the Consumer Protection Authority (CPA), represented by its various directorates and departments in different governorates, in combating the spread of prohibited substances that have hazardous impacts on the health and safety of the society.

The campaign details are as follows:- CPA had received information about expatriates in the is Wilayat of Muttrah possessing, trading, and selling types of non-smoking chewing tobacco. Accordingly, after obtaining a search permit from the Public Prosecution, the CPA, represented by the Department of Regulation and Monitoring of Markets, began to form a team to arrest violators in cooperation with the Public Prosecution and the Royal Oman Police.

The campaign resulted in seizing 804 bags and boxes of different types of chewing tobacco in addition to sums of money. This practice violates Decision No. (256/2015) on the prohibition of the circulation of chewing (non-smoked) tobacco. The violators were placed in detention and interrogated. The legal actions were taken and they were referred to Public Prosecution.

The CPA assures that it will spare no effort in intensifying market surveillance to protect the health and safety of consumers, and take legal action against violators. It also encourages consumers to report any violations they may notice in the markets through various communication channels.