Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 July 2019

Police seize illegal tobacco haul

Officers destroy the two tonne shipment following a tip-off

More than two tonnes of a banned chewing tobacco has been seized from worker accommodation in Sharjah, police have said.

Authorities raided the property after being tipped off by a labourer who spotted the goods hidden in a room on the site.

Khalifa bu Ghanem Al Suwaidi, director of civil inspection at Sharjah municipality, said the tobacco had since been destroyed.

Tools used for processing and packing the shipment for distribution were also confiscated.

β€œIt was seized and destroyed while the owner of the property was referred to authorities to face legal action,” he said.

Anyone caught selling banned tobacco products in the UAE can face a Dh5,000 fine.

Mr Al Suwaidi urged members of the public to continue to report those selling tobacco illegally.

Updated: January 7, 2019 06:22 PM