Woman charged at airport with importation of controlled substance

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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.

Organizations: International Airport, Canada Border Service Agency

Geographic location: Eastern Africa, Ontario, London England Toronto St. John's

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  • wavy
    October 09, 2012 - 14:43

    Funny, I literally just finished watching an episode of the travel show "departures." on OLN where the show's Canadian hosts travel to Ethiopia and purchase some of this plant at a market to try with the locals (along with a cup of world-renowned Ethiopian coffee, by the way) as a way of embracing and expanding their understanding of the traditions and customs of a people, country and culture. And low and behold, they survived to tell the tale. Then I read this story and it got me thinking: why is it the same plant can be revered and celebrated for its traditional, medicinal or cultural significance in one country but labeled a dangerous menace to society, to be confiscated at all costs, by another? Why do adults need someone constantly looking over their shoulder in this country, telling them what they can and can't put into their bodies, for whatever reasons? Why not ban coffee too; it also contains CNS stimulants? One is ok but the other is not? Alcohol and tobacco are ok but marijuana is not? It's utter hypocrisy. Time for more open-minded, rational, intelligent, clearer-thinking minds to prevail on such matters.

    • david
      October 09, 2012 - 17:54

      Cultures can do whatever they like....but don't be so unintelligent or too-cute-by=0half in your opinon that we should import those values here. We over here n to be far less than your "the open-minded, rational, intelligent, clearer-thinking" society...in case you didn't notice.

    • wavy
      October 09, 2012 - 22:22

      I wasn't trying to be cute, David; just challenging and questioning the status quo. It's unfortunate that offends you. From what I can gather, you're against open-minded, rational, intelligent societies and thought. Pity. I can't comment on the rest of your attempt at making a point because I have absolutely no idea what you're trying to say due to your illegible sentences. At least I can string together a few words to form a comprehensible argument. Onward through the fog...

  • margaret
    October 09, 2012 - 11:55

    Can You find any better news than this garbage????? Give it a break.