Khat, a stimulant from Africa that is illegal in Canada, is being smuggled into Manitoba, according to Canada Border Services Agency data obtained by CBC News.
The data, obtained by CBC News Network's Power & Politics through Access to Information, provides details on drug seizures totalling more than $5.5 billion between 2007 and 2012.
The numbers show that border officials in Manitoba seized 63 shipments of khat, worth about $200,000, over the six-year period covered by the data.
In terms of dollar value, khat is second only to heroin among drugs being smuggled from international sources into the province.
Widely popular in eastern Africa and parts of Europe, khat is a natural stimulant that provides effects similar to amphetamines.
But while khat is illegal in Canada, RCMP in Manitoba say it's not a major priority for the police force at this time.
"We do have a finite amount of resources, and as such, right now our efforts are concentrated on the drugs of choice in the province, which are basically marijuana and cocaine," said Sgt. Line Karpish.