CPB officers seize more than 200 pounds of khat at Dulles
Customs and Border Protection officers seized almost 214 pounds of khat Dec. 21, a plant typically grown in the Arabian peninsula whose leaves are chewed for stimulant effect.
It was shipped as air freight from Doha, Qatar to Washington Dulles International Airport. CPB officers found the khat as part of a routine of inspection of freight manifested as coffee tables. The shipment has a street value of $30,000. It was shipped by a wood working company in Kenya to a furniture store in Washington, D.C.
Khat, which the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies as a schedule 1 narcoctic, is legal in some African countries. It is used by men in Somali, Ethiopian, Kenyan and Yemeni cultures, according to the DEA.
“Khat remains an illegal substance in the United States and as such, Customs and Border Protection officers remain vigilant to intercept khat and other illicit and dangerous drugs at our nation’s borders,” said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington, D.C. in a press release. “Narcotics interdiction remains a CBP enforcement priority.”
Prosecution was declined and the CPB officers seized and destroyed the khat.
Be the first to post a comment!
Post a commentCommenting is not available in this channel entry.
Comments express only the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of this website or any associated person or entity. Any user who believes a message is objectionable can contact us at [email protected].
- EDITORIAL: Closed meeting for ‘open’ discussion brings shame on Leesburg Council
- Accident on Route 9 causes entire roadway to shut down
- SpaceX and Iridium’s launch goes off without a hitch
- Governor hopeful Ed Gillespie stops in Leesburg during statewide kick-off tour
- Yes, that was Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman at Sen. Sessions’ confirmation hearing
|The Loudoun Times-Mirror
is an interactive, digital replica
of the printed newspaper.Click here for all e-editions.