1. Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.


Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Alfa, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

    Reputation Points:
    Jan 14, 2003
    117 y/o from The Netherlands

    Customs officials have seized narcotics and thousands of dollars in
    undeclared cash and traveller's cheques from a man who arrived in Calgary
    on a flight from the United Kingdom.

    Officers searching the man's luggage during an examination Tuesday found
    2.9 kilograms of khat, a plant grown in east Africa and the Middle East
    that can have a mild hallucinogenic effect when its leaves are chewed.

    "Where it comes from, it's not illegal, but it is in Canada," Gordon
    Luchia, a spokesman for the Canada Border Services Agency, said Wednesday.

    Khat is grown mainly in Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen and Somalia and its use is
    common there. Chewing khat can produce feelings of euphoria and increased
    alertness, but excessive consumption can cause slurred speech, staggering
    and violence among users.

    The man arrived on a flight from London, but neither Luchia nor RCMP
    investigators had any details about his nationality Wednesday.

    London was the place of origin of the last significant khat seizure in
    Calgary, which happened last May, when officers found 46 kilograms of the
    substance stashed in a suitcase and a backpack belonging to a traveller
    arriving from the British capital.

    The khat seized Tuesday is worth approximately $1,450, Luchia said.

    In addition to the 21 bundles of khat hidden among clothes in the man's
    luggage, officers found $15,000 of undeclared U.S. traveller's cheques and
    $3,800 in cash.

    Federal proceeds-of-crime laws, as well as the Terrorist Financing Act,
    require anyone entering the country to declare if they are carrying
    monetary instruments worth more than $10,000. The traveller has been turned
    over to the RCMP, which is investigating.

    The man's cash and traveller's cheques have been seized pending the outcome
    of an investigation.

    Depending on the outcome, investigators could permanently seize the entire
    amount, or levy a fine of up to $5,000 for not declaring cash and
    traveller's cheques.