Kenyan held with 56kg of narcotic leaves worth 5cr
Mumbai: A 24-year-old Kenyan national has been caught for allegedly smuggling 55.8 kg of a banned drug called ‘khat’ or ‘ mira leaves’ worth Rs 5 crore. It was probably smuggled from Ethiopia via Dubai.
Khat is a psychotropic substance prohibited under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. When consumed, it causes excitement, loss of appetite and euphoria. The fresh leaves and tops are chewed or, less frequently, dried and consumed as tea. It is also used by Arabs to make tea.
The Narcotic Control Bureau on May 15 detained Doris Mathoni who had arrived in India via Dubai by Emirates flight EK 502. As Doris cleared the immigration and walked through the green channel, it raised the suspicion of NCB officials who detained her. A search of her baggage resulted in recovery of 55.81 kg of dried khat leaves. During questioning Doris admitted that she was carrying this contraband to India for monetary consideration. NCB officials are probing as to whom she was supposed to hand over the contraband. Doris has been booked under the NDPS act. — S Ahmed Ali