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Charges still pending against two men in Green Bay khat bust


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Two men are still facing charges, after three men were accused of selling the illegal foreign drug khat in the Green Bay area.

30-year-old Abdignani Raage of Green Bay was recently put on two years’ probation for possessing a controlled substance, and possessing a non-narcotic with the intent to deliver.

37-year-old Abdimajid Said of Minneapolis is scheduled to have a two-day trial starting January 16th in Brown County. 31-year-old Hussein Salad of Howard is due back in court January 28th for a pre-trial hearing.

Police said all three defendants are believed to be immigrants from Somalia. Khat is illegal there – but authorities say it’s still very popular in that country.

It’s been illegal in the U.S. for almost 20 years – and federal officials say the high is similar to that of meth-amphetamines or cocaine.

Authorities said they intercepted two boxes of khat about 14 months ago, sent from the Netherlands to a location in Green Bay. Police said they arrested the three men when they picked up the package.

It’s the first khat-related case in the Green Bay area – but as the region’s Somali population grows, the drug is expected to become more common.