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Four Men Arrested in Iceland for Khat Smuggling

Four men were arrested at a guesthouse in Reykjavík on Monday on suspicion of having organized the import of almost 60 kilos of the narcotic substance khat, which is made from a North African plant. They have been sentenced to custody until May 31.


Icelandic police officers. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The drugs were found by customs agents when they were supposed to mailed to the US and Canada. It is believed that they were wrapped in Iceland but not for the purpose of selling them here; rather that Iceland was some kind of a stopover in the export of the substance from Europe to North America, reports.

The four suspects are all foreign citizens, aged between 40 and 55.

Another delivery of khat to Iceland has been grounded in France and it is believed that these two cases are connected.

Last summer tens of kilos of khat were confiscated in another jurisdiction in Iceland and customs agents stopped khat smugglers in August from importing around 40 kilos of the drug to Canada.

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