Suspicions raised over a package that arrived at a south-end parcel delivery company resulted in the arrest of a 37-year-old Toronto man and the seizure of street drugs, called khat, with a value of about $17,000.
Barrie police were called to the business when the package arrived from overseas. The resulting investigation led to the arrest of the Toronto man, who is facing a number of charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, obstruct police, and personation with intent.
About 12 kilograms of Cathinone was seized; the drug is more commonly known as khat. Police also seized a substantial quantity of cash. The accused was held pending a bail hearing.
(Cathinone) KHAT is classified as a Schedule III Controlled Substance. Possession in Canada is illegal and holds a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. This use of this substance is purported to give the user a euphoric feeling and increased mental alertness. It is produced mainly in eastern Africa.
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