U.S. Customs officers seized almost 214 pounds of khat on Dec. 21 shipped as air freight from Doha, Qatar.
The drug was listed on the airline's cargo manifest as "wood coffee tables" and had a street value of about $30,000, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
Khat is a green, leafy plant typically grown in the Arabian Peninsula and chewed for its amphetamine-like effect. It contains cathine and cathinone, which are considered controlled substances in the United States.
The freight was shipped from a wood working company in Kenya to a furniture store in Washington. CBP officers destroyed the khat, but no charges are forthcoming. - Eric Kulisch