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Two held in Kolkata for smuggling African drugs

Posted on Mar 04 2014 | IANS

Kolkata, March 4 : Two people were arrested at the city airport Tuesday for trying to smuggle drugs made from an African plant valued at over Rs.1 crore, a customs official said.

Assistant Commissioner (Customs) R.S. Meena said the accused - both Indians - were scheduled to board a flight to China.

They were arrested after stems and leaves of the Khat plant - a contraband stimulant - were found in their possession.

The plant, native to east Africa, is used to make a stimulant drug called Khat or Miraa.

The drugs are valued at around Rs.1.1 crore, he said.

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