For Immediate Release: July 14, 2023
OPD Seizes Multiple Firearms and Illegal Fireworks at A Smoke Shop
The Oakland Police Department Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco (ABAT) Unit conducted a special investigation at an unlicensed tobacco shop on July 13, 2023, in the 5000 block of Bancroft Avenue.
During the preliminary investigation, OPD officers assigned to the ABAT Unit found and seized four firearms, two of which were assault weapons, and numerous extended magazines. Officers also recovered illegal fireworks, multiple types of narcotics, including marijuana, and flavored tobacco vapor products.
No arrests were made; however, the case is being referred to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for charging and the Oakland City Attorney’s Office for additional actions.
Working with the community, OPD continues to educate store owners regarding the serious consequences they face for selling unlawful flavored tobacco products to those who are under the legal age of 21. The special enforcement provides an opportunity to keep the youth in our communities safe while holding smoke shops and business owners accountable for harmful and illegal activity.
In 2020, the Oakland City Council banned flavored tobacco products under Emergency Ordinance 13591. On November 8, 2022, California voters affirmed Senate Bill 793, which prohibited tobacco retailers from selling most flavored tobacco products, including vapes and e-cigarettes.
To report prohibited sales of tobacco products and sales to minors in Oakland, please call the ABAT Complaint Hotline at (510) 777-8677.