A 47-year-old woman was arrested this morning at St. John’s International Airport and charged with the importation of a controlled substance after she was found in possession of 16 kg of khat.
Khat is a plant native to Eastern Africa that contains two central nervous system stimulants: cathinone and cathine. These substances are included in Schedule 3 and 4 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The woman, a resident of Ontario, was flying from London, England, to Toronto via St. John's.
The charges include importation of a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance. She will appear in provincial court in St. John’s today.
Members of RCMP St. John's Drugs section, with the assistance of Canada Border Service Agency officers, made the arrest.