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CBP Bags 440lbs of Khat Headed to Canada

Release Date: 
September 1, 2020

DETROIT— On August 27, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers seized more than 440 pounds of Khat during evening operations at the Ambassador Bridge.

440lbs of Khat seized at Ambassador Bridge
440lbs of Khat seized at Ambassador Bridge

Officers at the Port of Detroit were conducting inspections of conveyances leaving the United States when they selected a commercial truck for additional examination. Upon inspection of the trailer, officers discovered what was later determined to be Khat concealed in cardboard moving boxes.

“Whether entering or exiting the United States, CBP personnel work tirelessly to ensure the integrity of our shared border with Canada,” said Port Director Devin Chamberlain. “I’m proud of the continued successes our officers have in keeping illicit drugs from crossing our borders.”

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the chemicals found in khat, cathine and cathinone are controlled under the Controlled Substances Act. Cathine is a schedule IV stimulant, and cathinone is a Schedule I stimulant under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021