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Suspected khat smuggler crashes after car chase

The Local/js · 30 Dec 2011, 09:32

Published: 30 Dec 2011 09:32 GMT+01:00

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The man approached a customs checkpoint at 4.50am on Friday morning, but when the officials tried to check his car, he instead stepped on the gas and sped off.

Customs officers alerted police, who then gave chase after the man.

After a few kilometres, however, the man crashed at high speed into a railing on the wrong side of a roundabout.

“For some reason he did not stop. The person in question is in hospital and has not yet been interviewed," customs officer Bo Fredriksson told news agency TT.

Upon inspecting the man's car after the accident, police discovered it to contain copious amounts of the drug khat.

“We have established that the type of drug discovered is khat, but we cannot say exactly how much was in the car,” said the Skåne police spokesperson Helena Ralmark told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Customs officials estimate the bags found in the man's car weigh at least 200 kilogrammes, however, which is the minimum amount required to be charged with serious drugs offences.

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The driver, in his 20s, was also reportedly chewing on the drug while driving.

The man is now suspected of reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and possibly even drug trafficking.

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Your comments about this article

14:44 December 30, 2011 by byke
According to reports, the police received an anonymous tip off.

Someone had obviously let the khat out of the bag.
14:53 December 30, 2011 by canuk
well done byke! :) that made me laugh.....you should report for the local.
23:16 December 30, 2011 by Tanskalainen
At least he wasn't smuggling dhog.
12:54 December 31, 2011 by johan rebel
Oh, so now Khat is an amphetamine-like substance?

The dried leaves of the tree Bushmans Tea (Catha edulis) are called Khat. Just because they happen to contain a natural amphetamine (cathinone) that doesn't make the whole leaf one.

Instead of chasing poor smugglers around, the stuff should just be legalized.
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