US Indicts Members of an International Khat Smuggling Ring

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photo courtsey of Medeshi

As Somali Chewers in the UK turn to Card playing after Ban became effective

Somalilandsun — Seventeen people have been indicted in connection with an international drug ring that authorities said flooded parts of New York, Massachusetts and Ohio with several tons of a narcotic obtained from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia.

According to officials, the substance known as khat was shipped to the United States through the United Kingdom, China, Holland and Belgium. Authorities say 17 members of an international drug ring flooded parts of New York, Massachusetts and Ohio with several tons of a narcotic obtained from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia.

CBSNewYork/AP

Jamo Cafe a former Khat merfish in London is now card playing venue/photo by Mo Ali Medeshi

Somali Khat users play cards infront of Hounslow Mafresh and Cafe ..The Mafresh is located on the top floor of this building but is now closed. The ground floor is the cafeteria reports blogger Mo Ali of www.medeshivalley.com who took photos from his mobile handset

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