Border Guards Intercept Massive Stimulant Shipment Heading to Canada

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Hundreds of pounds of khat won't be making it to its destination.

On August 27, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Ambassador Bridge were inspecting cargo heading to Canada when they discovered 440lbs of khat hidden in cardboard boxes on a commercial truck.

Khat is a leafy green plant containing two main stimulant drugs which speed up the mind and body with similar effects to amphetamine or speed.

In Canada, khat is a controlled substance meaning it's illegal to purchase without the approval of a medical practitioner — similar to cannabis before it was legalized for recreational use.