Michigan men busted with Khat in Portage County - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Michigan men busted with Khat in Portage County

Khat (Source: Ohio Highway Patrol) Khat (Source: Ohio Highway Patrol)
PORTAGE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

Two Michigan men busted with drugs on the turnpike in Portage County.

Troopers stopped a 2005 Lincoln Town Car for a marked lanes violation shortly after 11 p.m.  on March 7.

Criminal indicators were observed and the suspect granted a consent search of the vehicle. Trooper located 11 Vicodin pills and four ounces of Khat, in three separate freezer bags in the passenger compartment. The contraband has a combined value of $3,500. Trooper also discovered $3,325 cash.

The driver, Mohammed Ismael, 35, and passenger, Sam Ismael, 23, both of Roseville, Mich., were arrested and charged with possession of a schedule IV substance and aggravated drug trafficking.

Khat is a flowering evergreen shrub native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The fresh leaves, twigs and shoots of the Khat shrub are chewed like tobacco and is considered a controlled substance.

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