Mideast chewy leaf central to charges

Posted: June 28, 2014 at 3:17 a.m.

An international drug ring flooded parts of New York, Massachusetts and Ohio with several tons of a drug-containing plant known as khat that came from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia, authorities said Friday in announcing criminal charges against 17 defendants.

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