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Feds Seize 90,000 Bottles Of Kratom
Updated January 8, 2016 6:39 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(CHICAGO) - U.S. authorities in Illinois have seized nearly 90,000 bottles of a beverage containing the herbal ingredient Kratom.

A Wednesday statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago says the bottles are valued at more than $400,000. Prosecutors filed a civil forfeiture complaint that enabled officials to seize them.

Kratom is used by some as a dietary ingredient. The complaint says there isn't enough information to conclude that Kratom doesn't pose health risks. It derives from a substance grown in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The complaint says Kratom can have stimulant and narcotic effects.

It says the product was manufactured for and held by a company in South Beloit -- a community in northern Illinois along the Wisconsin state line.



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