Dulles khat seizure: Customs seizes 214 pounds of khat at Dulles Airport

Nearly 214 pounds of khat was discovered in wood coffee tables from Kenya. Photo: Customs and Border Protection

Customs agents at Washington Dulles International Airport made their largest seizure of khat in more than two years last week, intercepting more than 200 pounds of the Middle Eastern drug.

Agents discovered nearly 214 pounds of the drug on Dec. 21 while inspecting wood coffee tables that were shipped as air freight to Dulles from Doha, Qatar after being produced and shipped from a wood working company in Kenya. Officials say the drugs had a street value of about $30,000.

Khat is considered a "schedule 1 narcotic" by the Drug Enforcement Administration because when used after its leaved have been freshly picked, its stimulant effect retains potency for as much as two days. Authorities subsequently destroyed the seized drugs.

On April 30, 2010, Customs agents seized 385 pounds of khat.