Police: Two men arrested after African drug Khat discovered during traffic stop

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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.


    • publiuspublicola1776

      Not new at all. Just another plant like cannabis the government thinks it has a right to prohibit.

      • gat4

        actually, that doesn't answer any questions. it has less stimulant than coffee. in order to get any kind of "buzz" you have to smoke or chew it within 24 hours of it being harvested. it is not grown anywhere in the united states, therefore, you could chew an ounce and not even catch a buzz. just because the DEA labels something schedule 1 doesn't make it harmful. so much for asking questions….PS benjamin franklin said "it is the first responsibility of every citizen t

      • Jeff Dingus

        It's also ilegal to grow industrial hemp which won't get you stoned if you smoke your body weight of it. The Drug War makes so much sense. To think, these police offices are wasting time a resources arresting this individual for a non violent offense, that in addition to court costs, the cost of possibly defending him and them housing him in prison… just makes no sense!

      • gat4

        Khat is not a schedule one drug but the active ingredient cathinone is. However, after the plant is harvested the cathinone quickly breaks down into a schedule 3 compound, cathene. That fact can make federal prosecution tricky.
        I'm curious whether that K9 was even trained to detect the odor of khat. Trooper may have lied about the dog alerting to the presence of narcotics.

        "it is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority"

  • Moon Pies

    Does it make people eat other peoples faces as well? Why is it outlawed? I don't see any negative side effects and it is naturally grown not chemically grown. Remember the trumpet flowers were outlawed in Florida in the 90s bc kids were licking them to get a natural high? At least its natural!

    • deb

      I guess increased blood pressure and heart rate are not negative. Could just cause a stroke or cardiac arrest…….hmmmmmmmmm just sayin!

      • Angel

        Not that I am defending drug usage because I'm not, but … increasing blood pressure and heart rate is a negative side-effect… but Monster drinks, Mountain Dew and most weight loss products do this as well.

  • jdmein

    Khat, in the US?!? This stuff is common in Africa and is actually the same stuff that many of the locals were high on during the infamous raid as part of Operation Gothic Serpant in Mogadishu, Somalia during 1993. The effects of this stuff give the user a high, but can also increase agitation and make them quick to anger. In addition to the high, it also gives the user a feeling of invincibility and made the somalis even more dangerous combatants.

  • lisa

    just where in the world do people come up with this crap. yeah introduce new drugs to kids . this is stuff they would have never heard of if it was not all over fb and the news . this just gives them more resorces to find more drugs to do and try. this is some crazy stuff.

  • chris

    Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

    Heroin (diacetylmorphine)
    LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide)
    Marijuana (cannabis, THC)
    Mescaline (Peyote)
    MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or “ecstasy”)
    GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid)
    Ecstasy (MDMA or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine)
    Methaqualone (Quaalude)
    Khat (Cathinone)
    Bath Salts (3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV)

    There ya go folks, straight from the DEA itself. Argue as you will.

    • Trea

      im sorry but LSD is actually lysergic acid diethylamide 25 with out the 25 it is a non hallucinogen and therefore has no effect.
      and im sorry but marijuana is not a drug it is a plant that grows naturally and has multiple uses and no real health risk what ever they say the risk is is probably a lie or its not significant enough to do any real damage

      • Mini nomen est

        Then aspirin isn't a drug. It's found naturally in a number of plants; e.g., willow bark.

        Look at the list of Schedule 1 meds again – how many of those can be found in nature?

    • publiuspublicola1776

      Too bad the DEA list is void of fact. Marijuana does in fact possess accepted medical value. LSD is NOT addictive. I could go on, but you get the point.

  • Jeff

    This is not a new drug to me. When we were deployed in Somalia in 1992-1993 a lot of us guys would chew khat on very frequently while on guard duty or when we had quiet time to think. It was one of the few ways to escape your environment for a while.

  • Rachelle

    it's a plant grown in nature…same with marijuana….why do we have to make a plant, that's natural and unprocessed, illegal? If you believe in God you would have to think it was put on this plant for a reason…right?

    • Dane

      you'd be surprised how little searching ability people *don't* have.

      Simple test: even if you have no interest in the magazine, time yourself:

      Find a free subscription to Playboy magazine. Not a trial issue, not a trial subscription, no credit cards, nothing. If you take longer than fifteen minutes, you're not as good as you think and certainly nowhere as good as you have your friends thinking you are. 😉

  • Charles B

    What I've found says Cathinone (the psychoactive part) is molecularity similar to amphetamine. Wonder if some shady chemist or smarter meth cooks figured out the formula to use it instead of pseudo-ephedrine in the meth making process…

    Unless that is the case, I see no reason why it should be illegal.
    Its another plant that has been used for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. There is a risk to its use, but it seems no more than energy drinks as mentioned above.

    If this is schedule 1 and THC is schedule 1 because there is "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse" then nicotine and maybe caffeine should be schedule 1 as well.

  • Guest

    caffeine does have a medical use. Several headache-targeted drugs contain very small doses of caffeine. The problem is that most people consume so much caffeine (chocolate, coffee, soda) that that small does means nothing.

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