35 tonnes of tobacco seized in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, April 01: At least 35 tonnes of tobacco has been seized from an unlicensed shop in Abu Dhabi, a top official said Thursday.

Abu Dhabi municipality officials made the seizure at a tyre shop. A total of 700 sacks, each weighing 50 kg, were seized in addition to 20 barrels of raw tobacco.

Tobacco processing, wrapping and grinding equipment were also confiscated.

Khalifa Al Romaithi, director of public health, said the shop was engaged in an unlicensed business.

The seized items were stored in poor condition falling short of the healthy storage stipulations. Tobacco is very sensitive and creates an environment conducive to growth of fungus, resulting in adverse health impact, he said.