Police seize 82.5 kilogram of khat leaves

Khat leaves (Photo: SGGP)

The Customs Department in Hanoi, the Investigation Department of Anti-Smuggling under the General Department of Vietnam Customs and the Drug Crime Investigation Department under the Ministry of Public Security yesterday announced that they detected over 82.5 kilogram of khat leaves inside 11 packages. 

Khat leaves contain the stimulant cathinone, which are similar to amphetamines, and are prohibited in Vietnam.

The forces have sent the samples to the Criminal Science Institute for analysis and sealed khat leaves for further investigation as per the law.

According to the initial investigation, Pham Van Duy in the northern province of Lao Cai smuggled Khat leaves to re-exporting to some European nations.

By MINH KHANG – translated by Anh Quan

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