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City, State Officials Bust 'Khat' Ring

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City and state officials say they've busted a drug ring they say was flooding the city with a dangerous amphetamine-like substance.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton say 17 people have been indicted on major trafficking, laundering and conspiracy charges.

They're accused of circulating tons of khat through the city, parts of upstate New York, Massachusetts and Ohio.

Khat is a plant containing controlled substances similar to amphetamines.

It's grown largely in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Users chew the leaves and stems of the plant, and swallow the juice.

If any of the suspects are convicted on the operating as a major trafficker charge, they could face up to life in prison.

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