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Danish khat smugglers plead guilty in Kenya

Three women were caught carrying 61 kilos of khat that officials believe the Danes planned to sell in Britain.

Danish khat smugglers plead guilty in Kenya
Khat is grown legally in Kenya but banned in Europe. Photo: Malcolm Manners/Flickr
Three Danish women pleaded guilty on Thursday to breaking Kenyan customs laws by attempting to smuggle suitcases stuffed with a narcotic herb out of the country.
 
The women were arrested at Moi International Airport in Mombasa with four suitcases containing 61 kilogrammes of khat, a mild herbal narcotic also known as miraa, that is grown legally in Kenya but banned in Europe.
 
"Our officers discovered the miraa wrapped and hidden in the suitcases as the three waited to board a flight," said airport police chief Richard Okweya.
 
Khat, which has a stimulant effect similar to drinking numerous cups of strong coffee, is especially popular in Somali communities where it is traditionally chewed at important gatherings and social occasions.
 
It is believed the drugs were destined for Britain, where they would have an estimated street value equivalent to 20 million Kenyan shillings (1.5 million kroner, $220,000).
 
Police said the three women had arrived in Kenya a week earlier, and were arrested before boarding a commercial flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi before connecting to Denmark and then Britain.
 
The women pleaded guilty to the charges of breaking Kenyan customs law by attempting to export concealed goods and were fined 50,000 shillings (around 3,800 kroner or $550) each.
 
Britain banned khat in June 2014, falling into line with other European countries.

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Police in Denmark fine 123 for buying drugs on social media

Police in North Jutland are to issue fines against 123 people for 158 instances of purchasing cannabis or cocaine on a social media website.

Police in Denmark fine 123 for buying drugs on social media
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The 123 people are accused of buying narcotics, police inspector Casper Jacobsen confirmed.

The majority of the individuals are from the Aalborg area, Jacobsen also said.

“Hash and cocaine are the two main substances purchased on the (social media) page. There are more infringements than people arrested because, for example, one person bought narcotics six times,” he said.

Three men from North Jutland, aged 20 and 21, were arrested in March this year for running the social media page, which displayed a telephone number via which drugs could be ordered.

Using the information, buyers and sellers were able to arrange times and places for delivery of and payment for the substances.

“The three men we arrested in March, and who we believe to have run the webpage, posted a telephone number and offered hash and cocaine for certain prices. A driver then went out and delivered it,” Jacobsen said.

“The three men were released but remain accused in the case. The case has been referred to the prosecution authority, which will assess whether formal charges will be made against the three persons who are accused of selling drugs and running this webpage,” he continued.

The group of 123 ranges in age from 18 to 51 years and includes both men and women and will receive fines of between 2,000 and 12,000 kroner, depending on the quantity and number of purchases.

Police declined to confirm which social media site had been used, but said it was a freely available social media.

READ ALSO: Man carrying 1,000 joints gets into Danish police car, mistaking it for a taxi

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