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.

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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.

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Running told prosecutors he did not know it was illegal and admitted to buying it the UK for the equivalent of almost $300.

The UK decriminalized the plant within the last two months

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A Cook County judge set Running’s bail at $20,000.