August 14, 2013 12:43 pm
Updated: August 14, 2013 12:47 pm

Man charged after 30kg of khat seized at Halifax airport

A 30-year-old man from Ireland has been charged after more than 30 kilograms of khat was seized at the Halifax airport.

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HALIFAX – The Canada Border Services Agency says a 30-year-old man from Ireland has been charged after more than 30 kilograms of khat was seized at the Halifax airport.

The agency says the drug was found during an X-ray examination of two suitcases on Aug. 8.

Peter James Gordon, of Belfast, was arrested shortly after.

He had arrived at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on a flight from London.

The agency says Gordon appeared in provincial court in Halifax Wednesday to face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and importation of an illegal substance.

The active ingredients in khat produce a stimulant effect similar to an amphetamine.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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