An Eagan man has been charged with violating the Illinois Controlled Substance Act by bringing almost 90 pounds of the stimulant plant khat into the United States from the United Kingdom. The Chicago Tribune reports that customs agents at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport stopped 20-year-old Dominic Running with more than $12,000 worth of khat, a plant that’s chewed like tobacco and contains a stimulant similar to amphetamine.
Three people have been arrested after a two-month-long undercover investigation seized 24 pounds of khat in Cambridge, Minn., according to the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office.
Three men are facing criminal charges of possessing a drug called khat in Brown County.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals says possessing khat is illegal under state law.