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Pa. police seize shipment of the narcotic khat

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By Valerie Russ
Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Philadelphia police have made their first seizure of the drug khat, a narcotic plant that is popular in East Africa and the Saudi Arabian peninsula.

Undercover narcotics cops on Wednesday seized 740 pounds of khat that was being delivered to an East Falls address, said Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman. The value of the drugs has been put at about $148,000.

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