* 2,122.5kg of 'tambaku' seized at Hamad Port
The Maritime Customs Department at Hamad Port has foiled another attempt to smuggle 'tambaku' (chewing tobacco) into Qatar.
According to a tweet by the General Authority of Customs (GAC) Monday, 2,122.5kg of 'tambaku' was seized at the port and the banned substance was found in 1,415 packs that were concealed inside a wheat flour (atta) shipment.
In another major haul of banned substances, the GAC had recently seized 1,653kg of ‘tambaku’ at Hamad Port. The substance was found stuffed in 1,102 bags hidden inside a shipment of cotton mattresses.
Before that, the Air Cargo Customs had foiled an attempt to smuggle 'tambaku' into Qatar and seized 27kg of the contraband that was found hidden inside a consignment of foodstuffs.
In August, GAC officials had seized a massive quantity of 'tambaku' at Hamad Port. The seized 'tambaku' weighed 2,152kg and was recovered from a sugar shipment. The banned tobacco was found to be stuffed in 1,435 bags hidden inside the shipment.
The GAC wing at Hamad Port is equipped with the latest devices and the officers are duly trained to thwart smuggling attempts.