Over 600kg of smokeless tobacco seized in Little India

Over 600kg of smokeless tobacco seized in Little India

SINGAPORE: Authorities have seized more than 600kg of smokeless tobacco products during a six-week police operation in Little India.

Smokeless tobacco, which is banned in Singapore, is tobacco that can be consumed without burning. It includes chewing tobacco, snuff and snus.

The joint operations by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) were carried out from 15 May to 30 June.

Law enforcement officers discovered smokeless tobacco hidden in several locations in and around Little India, HSA and SPF said on Thursday (July 11).

These include under drain covers, inside garbage bins and electrical boxes along Chander and Veerasamy Road, the joint press release said.

Twenty-seven people, aged between 24 and 77, are being investigated for trafficking and possession of products and other property crimes, according to the HSA and the SPF.

The seized goods have an estimated street value of more than S$100,000 (US$74,200), they added.