Just because your entire family likes chewing on a bit of leaf overseas doesn’t mean it’s going to be an A-OK substance to fly with. A Minnesota man might’ve wanted to do a bit of Googling before deciding to pack up 85 pounds of a drug called Khat and fly with it. Officials at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport stopped him and he was all, “Shrug! I saw people doing it this one time so…”
Of course that’s just paraphrasing. How it really went down is the 20-year-old man told cops he just didn’t know Khat was illegal, so figured flying with a bunch of it packed into two bags on a British Airways flight from London seemed fine to him, reports CBS Chicago.
Khat, or Cathinone, is a plant often chewed as a stimulant, and has a mild euphoric effect akin to coffee, according to the Internet. The man said he’d bought the Khat in suburban London for about £200, after using it with friends and family at a wedding earlier this year without realizing it was illegal.
It’s listed as a Schedule 1 narcotic in the United States and was listed as a “drug of abuse” by the World Health Organization. The amount the man had with him has a street value of $12,211, according to court documents.
The Internet is your friend. Use it before you bring 85 pounds of chewable anything, anywhere.