The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration (MAI) issued fines of RON 2.3 M against ethnobotanical dealers in two months’ time. The results were presented on Tuesday at the MAI headquarters during a videoconference. According to the Ministry, 104 ethnobotanical shops are currently operational in Romania, in contrast to 373 in 2010.
The fines totaled RON 2.3 M, with over 10,100 bags of ethnobotanical products being confiscated. Criminal investigation bodies opened 186 files, prosecuting 242 persons. 21 of them were detained, most of them in Bucharest but also in Iasi and Prahova Counties. 25 Counties are currently free of ethnobotanical shops, in 19 of them the shops being closed following actions that started in February 2011. “We have to continue to particularly focus on online trade but also on taking action in schools, in collaboration with school inspectorates, in order to combat and prevent the consumption of these substances,” Minister Traian Igas stated yesterday.