Man jailed for taking miraa to UK

A man from Latvia who was caught trafficking miraa from Nairobi to the UK has been jailed for ten months by a judge at Warwick Crown Court.
Nauris Ennitis, 27, pleaded guilty to the illegal importation of 35 kilograms of miraa with a value of Sh 2,800, 000 (£20,000) into the UK where the plant is a banned class C drug.
Prosecutor Madhu Rai told the court that in September 2017, Ennitis was stopped by a UK Border Agency officer who had spotted him pushing two large suitcases which he later said he had packed himself.
The defendant had arrived at London City Airport on a flight from Zurich having originally travelled from Nairobi.
The court was told that when the officer questioned the accused whether he had been given anything to carry, Ennitis immediately admitted by saying “Yes, I’ve got khat in there. It’s all mine, no-one else has anything to do with it. I just wanted to make some money.”
The two suitcases were stripped open and officers found cloth-wrapped bundles of miraa. The suspect admitted on the spot that he knew it was illegal to bring miraa into the UK, but he was going to gain from importing it.
During the interview, Ennitis said a friend in Kenya had offered to pay him Sh 140, 000 (£1,000) once he had successfully delivered the drug into the UK.
Miraa has been a controlled substance in the United Kingdom since 2014.

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