Foreign nationals arrested with rare drug

2017-08-24 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedThe khat plants intercepted by police.

PHOTO: suppliedThe khat plants intercepted by police.

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ON Monday, Port Shepstone SAPS arrested two foreign nationals after being caught with what is believed to be the first consignment of a drug called “khat” that was intercepted on the South Coast.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the suspects, aged 29 and 38 respectively, are from an East African country and were arrested in the lower Albersville area as they crossed the Batstones Drift bridge.

“Lieutenant-Colonel Wiid from the Ugu cluster office, Warrant-Officer Johan Terreblanche from the Port Shepstone K9 Unit and officers the from Port Shepstone Crime Intelligence section were busy with an investigation in another matter when they saw a silver VW Golf with ND registration plates crossing the bridge,” said Wiid.

The two male occupants appeared to be very suspicious and the vehicle was intercepted. When searching the vehicle, three plastic bags were found containing the bundles of “khat” (Catha edulis). The drug is originally from East Africa and contains two stimulant substances, cathinone and cathine.

“This plant is normally chewed or even smoked. A total of 104 bundles were confiscated and each bundle contained 106 stems.”

The two suspects will be charged for possession of drugs and will appear in court shortly. - Supplied.

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