The kava haul. Picture: NT POLICE Source: Supplied
POLICE have arrested a NSW man over a large seizure of kava.
The 37-year-old man was stopped by police driving a Toyota 4-Runner 4WD near the community of Maranboy, about 310km southeast of Darwin.
He is alleged to have been carrying 294kg of kava.
Police said the haul had a street value of approximately $552,530.
Kava is a psychoactive drug that is derived from the root of a plant.
It is usually prepared by chewing, grinding or pounding the roots of the kava plant into a powder and then consumed as a drink or in pill form.
Another version of the story:
Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services
Dog Operations Sniff-Out Kava Haul
Friday 04-Jan-2013 14:40
Members from the Dog Operations Unit and the Remote Community Drug Desk have seized six 'Christmas boxes' containing sixty Kilograms of kava. A further one and a half kilograms was found in an express pack.
The find was part of an on-going operation with the cooperation of Australia Post at mail centres in Darwin. Deliveries to a number of remote communities are screened to control the use of the mail system to transport illicit drugs and kava.
The kava was divided into individual deal-sized bags in preparation for sale in Arnhem Land communities. The estimated value of the seizure is $61, 500.
”While there are differing laws about kava's use and possession interstate, put simply, it is illegal to supply and possess kava in the Northern Territory. We will continue to target suppliers, particularly those interstate who flaunt the laws and are profiteering off a small number of communities in the Northern Territory." Detective Superintendent Tony Fuller said.
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