17 members of an international drug ring busted for bringing Khat into America

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The drug ring smuggled the drug from Yemen, Ethiopia, and Kenya into New York and beyond, according to a 215-count indictment unsealed Friday in Brooklyn by the state’s Attorney General.

An international ring that distributed an illegal chewable substance called Khat has been stamped out, authorities announced Friday.

Seventeen members of the alleged drug ring that brought tons of the euphoria-inducing plant from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia to the city and beyond were charged in a 215-count indictment unsealed in Brooklyn by the state’s Attorney General office.

Khat’s leaves and stems are chewed in their fresh form and contains an amphetamine-like stimulant. It’s legal in many parts of the world, including Kenya and Ethiopia were it’s primarily cultivated, and has been used socially in Yemen for thousands of years.

But Khat is illegal in the United States and most other western countries, earning that designation in the United Kingdom this Tuesday.

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“Khat is a dangerous and illegal drug with worldwide reach,” said state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Trafficking often funds other criminal activity.”

Because the substance isn’t processed, traffickers needed to operate quickly.

The ring was allegedly headed by Yadeta (Murad) Bekri, 23, of England, who would arrange for large shipments of Khat to various UPS locations in Manhattan.



  1. I am very glad they are busted. I still think there are more of them and they should be caught be taken to justice. Khat is a legal business in Ethiopia. The government of the United States and The General Attorney office must and should discuss this matter with the Ethiopian Government. Especially the ministry of Health of the Ethiopian Empire must be thinking and working hard in stopping the use of Khat in the country.
    If not now any future government that comes to power and all legal minds of the country must be thinking to create ways to eliminate the culture of chewing Khat in Ethiopia. It must be a concern of every citizen in the country to deal with this curse and the plant the drives our young men and women to madness.
    I call upon religious leaders and medical experts and educators to argue against the use of the leave- Khat. Hope this will be true in coming money generations. It is a killer plant and millions are at risk in East Africa. Ethiopia is a primary source of the dangerous plant. Kenya had done a great job preventing the sell of the plant in the country with the government of the United Kingdom.
    World Health Organization and African Union must consider this potential health risks to millions of Africans and citizen of the World. It is is a serious issue that must be considered by International organizations which have enough influence and capacities to stop the curses of Khat. I am absolutely against chewing Khat. As individuals I sincerely advise individuals to refrain from chewing and using it.
    Sabbata Dubbii

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