Revenue seize 53kgs of Khat at Dublin Airport
Revenue officials made a large seizure of the drug Khat at Dublin Airport yesterday.
Officials stopped a 47-year-old man from Italy who had arrived in Dublin on a flight from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
After a search of his luggage they found that he was carrying 53kg of Khat, a controlled substance in Ireland.
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.
The man was detained by Gardai and investigations into the drugs, valued at €26,000, continue.