Four khat smugglers on same flight

The four smugglers appear to be unrelated
Customs at Oslo’s Gardermoen airport discovered four smugglers of the amphetamine-like stimulant khat on the same flight from the Netherlands last Thursday, confiscating 112 kilos of the plant.
It comes a few months after customs officers caught a woman trying to smuggle eight kilos of khat into Norway on the Hirtshals-Larvik ferry.
This time, a female 35-year-old Swedish national of Somali origin in a wheelchair was carrying 39.4 kilos of the plant in two suitcases. A Dutch passenger, 37, meanwhile, was carrying 37.8 kilos, also in two suitcases.
Again on the same flight, a Latvian national and aged 33, resident in Sweden, tried to smuggle 19.3 kilos of khat in his suitcase. And an Australian Somalian man, 30, was carrying 15.2 kilos of the drug. The four were handed over to Gardermoen police.
A plant native to the horn of Africa, khat contains a stimulant that can cause excitement and euphoria. Although it is a controlled substance in some countries, such as Canada, Germany, the UK and the US, it is an illegal narcotic in the Scandinavian countries.
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