DC: Large quantities of a rare ‘stimulant’ bound for D.C. seized at Dulles Airport

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CBP officers at Dulles Airport intercepted 147lbs of khat shipped from Nigeria and destined for the nation’s capital.

Large quantities of an illegal stimulant called ‘khat’ bound for an address in D.C. were seized at Dulles Airport on March 21, according to Customs and Border Protection.

The khat had shipped from Nigeria and arrived in the cargo hold of an Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Khat is usually grown in East Africa and around the Arabian Peninsula and is chewed for its stimulant effect.

The World Health Organization classified khat as a drug of abuse in 1980, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies the stimulant as a ‘schedule 1 drug’ which is the most restrictive category used by the agency.

The drugs were manifested as clothes and organic green tea leaves called “camellia sinensis.”

The 147 pounds of khat had an estimated street value of $20,000 and was destroyed, according to CBP.

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