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Fairfax Police Seize Record Catch of Khat

Two men arrested


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Two men have been arrested in what’s believed to be the biggest seizure of khat in Fairfax County history.



The bust was made Saturday in Falls Church when a police officer spotted what appeared to be a drug transaction between a couple of guys in a parking lot at 5981 Columbia Pike.


The officer soon determined that one man was buying khat from the other. Both were arrested, and 21 pounds of khat was seized. Another 111 pounds of the stuff was found later at the home of one of the suspects.


Ahmed Omer Abdujelel, 45, of Falls Church, Va., was charged with distribution. Ali Abdi Hersi , 47, of northwest Washington, D.C., was charged with possession.


Khat is a flowering plant native to East Africa and the Arabian peninsula that contains a powerful amphetamine-like stimulant. For that reason, it’s classified as a Schedule I controlled drug – making it illegal to sell or produce it in the United States, though it is legal in many countries.


It’s typically chewed like tobacco, though it can be smoked or sprinkled on food.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- A major drug bust in Fairfax County lands two men behind bars. Police seized more than 130 pounds of a drug called "khat" that originates from East Africa. The drug is an amphetamine and illegal in the country. Fairfax County Police say, the drug is likely in the hands of more people than they suspected after making the record catch.


Spokesperson Bud Walker tells 9 News Now, "We want parents to talk to their children, we want people to be inquisitive, they may not understand that it's illegal, so we want them to know it's illegal, a felony and dangerous. "

The drug bust happened at a Falls Church commercial parking lot on Columbia Pike. Two men were caught in an alleged drug deal. Police found the bulk of the drug load at 2846 Annandale Road inside the apartment of one of the suspects. The residence is believed to have been a distribution point.


Sestelle Hyson, a woman who has lived in the neighborhood for 42 years says, "It makes me uneasy because you really don't know where they are and what they are doing and you just don't realize what's going on around you."


"It doesn't feel too good because there are children around here," said Joaquin Gonzalez, a neighbor who, from now on, will keep a watchful eye and try to provide more protection for his family.


Khat has been in use for generations in some parts of the world, and was only classified as a drug of abuse by the United Nations in 1980.


The Drug Enforcement Administration says, khat can induce manic behaviors, hyperactivity and hallucinations .


Written by Alex Treviño

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Originally posted by General Duke:

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Interesting news.

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I like Mr Xaraare he is very good reporter but his action is impressing for him and his family

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