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04-05-06, 11:40 AM #1
Rare Drug A New Problem For Police
by UPI Wire
Apr 1, 2006
ST. PAUL, Minn. - March 31, 2006 (UPI) -- Minnesota police are seeing more of a drug called khat, illegal in the United States and Canada but OK in parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Khat, pronounced "cot," is a brown leafy drug grown in Africa. When chewed or brewed into tea it creates a euphoric feeling.
Ramsey County, Minn., law enforcement officials seized 260 pounds of khat in March, more than they took during all of 2005.
Khat is a lower level drug compared to cocaine or heroin, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. It loses potency quickly, so many producers ship it to the United States overnight.
Police found 40 pounds at a Maple Grove, Minn., FedEx location on Thursday.
Khat also reduces the appetite and is popular with Muslim users fasting during the month-long Ramadan holiday season.
Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, says users become lazy, but he warns of a misrepresentation of the problem. He says East African immigrants don't know khat is illegal, since it is accepted in their home country, and says the situation is more culture clash than crime wave.
Copyright 2006 by United Press International
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04-06-06, 12:26 AM #2
up here in minnesota we have alot of somalis up here for some reason and they do know its illegal.....idiot omar, IN my opinion omar is using that ignanat excuse. There is alot of things that they do in there homeland that they cant do here...
04-06-06, 12:58 AM #3
It is a Central Nervous System stimulant, similar to cocaine. It produces euphoria, as well as a sense of invulnerability. It is the stuff the Somalias were chewing on in the movie "Black Hawk Down".www.alliedoddballs.com
I can't do this test when I am sober!
Respect My AUTHORITAE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
04-06-06, 07:05 AM #4
04-06-06, 04:59 PM #5
They sell that stuff at the grocery store! I use it in salads. I call them "Happy Salads"
Just out of curiousity, why is it illegal?"Look, just give me some inner peace or I'll mop the floor with you!"
04-06-06, 05:10 PM #6FishTail Guest
Because the law says so
04-06-06, 05:28 PM #7Originally Posted by LongTail
Anybody with some REAL information as to why the drug is illegal? Or do I actually have to get up off my ass (figuratively) and do a search?"Look, just give me some inner peace or I'll mop the floor with you!"
04-06-06, 05:29 PM #8FishTail Guest
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