A man appeared in court this morning after 52kg of an alleged drug called khat was found in his luggage on arrival at Dublin Airport.
Hat is a plant with green leaves that, when chewed, produce a stimulant effect similar to that of amphetamine use.
Gardaí, who belong to the Divisional Drugs Unit in Ballymun, arrested Antonius Van De Heijning, 69, following the seizure of the suspected drugs at the airport at 2.30pm yesterday afternoon.
Financial customs had stopped him and searched his luggage in the arrivals hall.
About 52 kg of plant matter with an estimated street value of €26,000 was discovered in his luggage.
He was detained overnight under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act at Ballymun Garda Station and appeared before the Criminal Courts at Dublin District Court this morning.
Garda Conor Garland of Ballymun Garda Station said he had arrested Mr Van De Heijning and was present when he was charged with one charge of possession, one charge of possession with intent to deliver and one charge of importing khat under drug abuse law.
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