Two men were arrested in Jasper Co. after police said 40 pounds of the drug Khat was discovered during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.
Derald Pike, 28, and Walter Stevenson, 31, both of Illinois, were charged with dealing a schedule 1 drug and possession of a controlled substance.
Indiana State Police said while a trooper was speaking with the two men, he became suspicious of criminal activity. Police said the trooper walked around the vehicle with his K-9 partner. During the search, the trooper discovered a bed sheet in the trunk, which contained the bundles of Khat.
Khat is a flowering plant and stimulant drug, mainly grown in Africa. The drug is typically chewed and causes a state of euphoria and elation, as well as feelings of alertness and arousal. The drug can also increase blood pressure and heart rate in users.