Customs agents discover stash of African drug at FedEx facility

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Customs officers seized more than 100 pounds of an East African drug at the FedEx facility at Indianapolis International Airport Friday.

Officers discovered more than 122 pounds of khat concealed inside computer housing components during a routine inspection. The narcotics were found in air freight arriving from Great Britain and bound for Wisconsin.

Khat is a tobacco-like plant that is chewed for its stimulant effect. Chewing the green, leafy plant causes a state of euphoria and elation. It also increases heart rate and blood pressure.

"Khat is a very perishable illegal amphetamine-like stimulant that is classified as a Schedule IV drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act," said William A. Ferrara, Acting Director of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Chicago Field Operations. "The CBP officers working in the international air freight environment are experts at locating shipments containing a variety of contraband that is illegal in this country and harmful to U.S. citizens."

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.