The chief prosecutor’s office of Budapest has pressed charges against a Hungarian and an Irish national who smuggled some 6,000 kilograms of khat plant containing a stimulant drug from Tanzania to the United Kingdom in 2015-16, the authority said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the statement, the ground plant was disguised as sage and sent by air via Hungary. The Hungarian suspect stored and re-packaged the substance in Hungary and sent the packages labelled as technical goods, on to the UK, the statement added.
Investigators seized the last two shipments, weighing nearly 700 kilos, at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport, the statement said. The two suspects are facing charges of drug smuggling.