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Charges still pending against two men in Green Bay khat bust

Khat seizure in Green Bay
Abdigani Raage
Hussein Salad
Abdimajid Said
Khat seizure in Green Bay

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.