Saudi Police have caught a man smuggling 174kg of the illegal stimulant qat as he tried to drive over the border from Yemen.
The man had hidden his qat in elaborate hiding places in cavities in his car. And he was arrested in Sarat Abidah in Asir.
Qat, or khat as it’s also known, is a flowering plant native to Ethiopia and is widely grown in Yemen, especially in the mountains of Sanaa and Tai.
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You chew the leaves to get its effects which include a loss of appetite, excitement and euphoria.
It is legal to grow and own Qat in Yemen, but it is a regulated industry. But it is illegal in Saudi Arabia where the man was trying to enter.
“He was arrested and preliminary disciplinary procedures were taken with him,” the official added without details.
It’s the latest big drugs haul in Saudi Arabia. Last week, Saudi police stopped over 30 million amphetamine tables being smuggled into the country.
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