Minneapolis police say they arrested an 83-year-old Hopkins man Thursday for having more than 4 pounds of the illegal drug khat, which they say he was selling out of the trunk of his car in south Minneapolis.
Khat [pronounced "cot"], an illegally imported plant popular with East Africans, has become an increasing problem for Minneapolis police, and the 4 pounds the man had was an unusually "huge amount," Minneapolis Police Sgt. Steve McCarty said Friday.
A 20-year-old acquaintance of the man saw him operating out of the back of his car and called 911 to report it, McCarty said. The suspect was being held Friday in the Hennepin County jail.
Khat is known to give users euphoria when chewed, McCarty said. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency classifies it as a Schedule I drug, or a substance with no medical or other legitimate use. "It's certainly a problem, and it's certainly illegal," McCarty said.