17 suspects have been arrested for being involved in an international drug ring and smuggling a plant called khat into the states of New York, Massachusetts and Ohio.

The khat plant is a narcotic and gives off similar effects to amphetamines. The plant is considered a controlled substance and dangerous. Although not common in the United States, the khat is popular in the Middle East where people chew on the leaves to obtain a high.

The 17 people arrested are believed to have been receiving shipments from countries including the United Kingdom, Holland and China.



Source: Channel 7 Eyewitness News

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