Nova Scotia

30kg of khat found in suitcase at Halifax airport

The Canada Border Services Agency says a 30-year-old man from Ireland has been charged after more than 30 kilograms of khat was seized at the Halifax airport.

The Canada Border Services Agency says a 30-year-old man from Ireland has been charged after more than 30 kilograms of khat was seized at the Halifax airport.

The agency says the drug was found during an X-ray examination of two suitcases on Aug. 8.

Peter James Gordon, of Belfast, was arrested shortly after.

He had arrived at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on a flight from London.

The agency said Gordon appeared in provincial court in Halifax on Wednesday to face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and importation of an illegal substance.

The active ingredients in khat produce a stimulant effect similar to an amphetamine.

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