Kenyan held with 56kg of nar­cotic leaves worth 5cr

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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

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