CHICAGO (WCCO) – 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.READ MORE: MN Supreme Court: Early Election Mpls. Ballots Don’t Need To Inform Voters That Charter Amendment Wouldn't Be Counted
Running told prosecutors he did not know it was illegal and admitted to buying it the UK for the equivalent of almost $300.READ MORE: Chauvin Pleads Not Guilty To Allegedly Violating Teen's Civil Rights In 2017
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A Cook County judge set Running’s bail at $20,000.