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Khat seized at airport

Khat is a flowering evergreen plant prohibited under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. -
Khat is a flowering evergreen plant prohibited under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
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Richmond RCMP officers at Vancouver International Airport seized 17 kilograms of an illegal drug, and arrested an Alberta resident.

Liban Moalin was stopped by police on April 10, shortly after he left a Sea Island shipping firm with a package containing Catha Edulis, which goes by the street name khat.

Khat is a flowering evergreen plant prohibited under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. For someone to use it, they must have a medical certificate.

Police believe Moalin transferred the khat into a suitcase prior to his arrest.

Richmond Mounties had been tipped off about the suspicious package by Canada Border Services, who made the arrest thanks in part due to a previous investigation by Vancouver Police.

“This arrest is an example of what can be accomplished through a collaborative approach to law enforcement,” said RCMP Const. Veronica Fox.

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