Man jailed after khat shipment
St. Cloud police arrested a 25-year-old St. Cloud man after intercepting a package that held 21 pounds of the drug khat, also known as graba.
Adil M. Ali was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. He was taken to Stearns County Jail.
Khat, a leaf that is chewed, is a legal stimulant in many countries, but is illegal in the United States.
Investigators with the St. Cloud Drug Unit learned that a shipment of khat was headed to St. Cloud from Kenya on Oct. 1. Officers headed off the shipment then determined Ali was the intended recipient, according to police.
Police are still investigating and expect to make more arrests.
TIMES STAFF REPORT • OCTOBER 8, 2009