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59 pounds of khat seized [PA]
    #4444737 - 07/23/05 11:13 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Police seize 59 pounds of khat in I-80 stop
July 23, 2005 - zwire.com

BLOOMSBURG (AP) - State police seized 59 pounds of khat, a leafy drug popular in Africa and the Middle East, from a van that had a flat tire on Interstate 80.

The driver, Mohamed Gelatu Guye, 46, of Jersey City, N.J., was charged with drug possession and possession with intent to deliver or manufacture and jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail, police said. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

Guye, described as an unemployed Ethiopian native, told investigators he was paid $300 to drive the khat from New York City to Columbus, Ohio, and had a flat tire as he drove west through Columbia County about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Troopers Lisa Marie Girman and Joseph Warunek spotted the disabled van and stopped to help, and said Guye appeared nervous and tried to distract them from looking inside the van. Girman looked through the windows and spotted wrapped bundles of khat partially hidden under a blanket.

State Police Sgt. Scott Price said they seized 260 wrapped bundles of the African flowering shrub, a stimulant that can produce euphoria when chewed or brewed as tea.

* Related story: Seized drug rare in area

Edited by veggie (07/23/05 11:43 PM)

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Re: 59 pounds of khat seized [PA] [Re: veggie]
    #4444753 - 07/23/05 11:18 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Never heard of the stuff weird.

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Re: 59 pounds of khat seized [PA] [Re: scatmanrav]
    #4444804 - 07/23/05 11:38 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I've heard of it, but as far as I know it's not illegal here in the US. Apparently I'm wrong. Guess I'll have to look it up later.

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Re: 59 pounds of khat seized [PA] [Re: scatmanrav]
    #4444817 - 07/23/05 11:45 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)


Never heard of the stuff weird.

I believe it is only common in US cities where there are large East African populations. It's used in East Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Yemen) in much the same way we use coffee, except it's chewed instead of brewed.

It's effects are primarily that it reduces fatigue, increases alertness, reduces hunger, sharpens thinking, and promotes communication. It can be slightly dangerous in infants and the elderly if taken in large quantities over time.

I have no idea why it is illegal or why this poor SOB get a $250,000 bail. It's nuts.

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Re: 59 pounds of khat seized [PA] [Re: veggie]
    #4444849 - 07/23/05 11:53 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Yeah the active chem, cathinone is Schedule 1 or 2 I think.

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Re: 59 pounds of khat seized [PA] [Re: dblaney]
    #4445004 - 07/24/05 12:42 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

this is from erowid

Khat is not specifically listed in any schedule in the United States. However the federal government appears to be treating Khat as equivalent of Cathinone, one of the chemical constituents in the plant. Cathinone is Schedule I in the United States, making it illegal to buy, sell or possess.

It is reported that the cathinone in Khat breaks down quickly and after only a few days, only cathine is left.

Individuals in the US have been successfully federally prosecuted for possessing and distributing dried khat leaves intended for ingestion. Dried leaves, intended for ingestion, courts will likely find constitute a "material or preparation" containing a schedule I substance, and thus controlled under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Cases such as: a man from Portland, Maine convicted in 2002 for 'intent to distribute' dried leaves. For live plants, not intended for ingestion, the law is ambiguous and has not yet been fully resolved.

The DEA considers khat "an illegal plant", but the DEA's views are not law and do not have the force of law. See DEA's 2002 Briefing on Khat for more information on their view of khat. In two entries in the Federal Register, the DEA mentions khat and their view of its legal status, but in the scheduling of cathine and cathinone, the DEA chose both times not to list the plant itself and thus the plant remains in a legal grey area.


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