The parcels contain dry leaves suspected of being Khat leaves (Photo provided by the authorised agency)

Hanoi (VNA) – Eleven parcels weighing 82.5kg that are suspected of containing narcotics have been seized while waiting to be shipped to the US by post.

Customs and police officers examined the parcels at the Hanoi Express Delivery Customs Sub-department on September 22.

They contain dry leaves suspected of being Khat leaves that include Cathinone – a very strong narcotic substance completely prohibited.

They were bound for the US by a sender declared Pham Van Duy in Van Hoa commune of Lao Cai province, a customs officer said.

The customs force sent samples of the leaves to the Forensic Science Institute under the Ministry of Public Security for examination.

Last July, Hanoi’s customs department and police also busted a ring that trafficked over 2.5 tonnes of Khat leaves in 199 parcels into Vietnam. The parcels were sent to Hanoi from a foreign country by post and air.-VNA