NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Seventeen people have been indicted in connection with an international drug ring that authorities said flooded parts of New York, Massachusetts and Ohio with several tons of a narcotic obtained from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia.
According to officials, the substance known as khat was shipped to the United States through the United Kingdom, China, Holland and Belgium.
On display Friday were large bundles of the drug, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported. Its green leaves were packed in plastic bags the size of king-sized pillows.
Officials said the khat was shipped in boxes labeled “tea.”