NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities said Friday that they have arrested 17 members of an international drug ring, who flooded parts of the Atlantic Northeast with several tons of a narcotic they obtained from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia.
They say the substance, known as khat, was shipped to the United States through the United Kingdom, China, Holland and Belgium.
Authorities say the ring laundered proceeds through operations in Minnesota and wired the money to various locations abroad, including Dubai and England.
The case was announced Friday by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton.
A 215-count indictment was unsealed in Brooklyn's state Supreme Court.
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