Published: 07:00, 26 June 2014 |
Updated: 09:30, 26 June 2014
Officers in Folkestone have seized a haul of illegal drugs in what is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.
Police based at the Channel Tunnel terminal arrested a 20-year-old man early on Tuesday morning during a routine check.
They are said to have discovered around 500kg of khat - now a class C drug.
The man was stopped at the control post for tourists as he tried to board a train to France at 7.40am.
He is alleged to have been found to be in possession of around 500kg of khat - also known as catha edulis - in his Volkswagen.
The drugs, with an estimated street value of £15,000, have now been sent away for analysis.
It is believed the haul is the first of its kind because khat officially became class C at midnight on June 24.
The Home Office said khat "contains natural ingredients which are already controlled drugs both in the UK and internationally because they are harmful".
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