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Revenue seize 42kg of Khat at Dublin Airport

The Khat seized by Revenue
The Khat seized by Revenue

Revenue officers in Dublin Airport seized approximately 42kg of Khat from a 45-year-old man yesterday.

The Dutch national, who arrived into Dublin on a flight from Abu Dhabi, was stopped and questioned.

The drugs, which were found in the man's checked-in baggage, have a street value in excess of €21,000.
 
The man was arrested and appeared before Judge Hamill in the Dublin Circuit Court this morning.

He was remanded to Cloverhill until July 12th.

Khat is a flowering plant native to East Africa and South Western Arabia and it is legal in Ethiopia.

Users chew the leaves to consume it. 

It contains a monoamine alkaloid called cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant, and Khat is a controlled drug for the purpose of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 and Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1988 in Ireland.

In November last year, Revenue seized 53kg of the drug at Dublin Airport.