-- Philip Warner, Lilburn
A: According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, khat is illegal in the United States. Capt. Mark Mayton, the commander of the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, told Q&A on the News that Hussein Dahir Sheikaden, 31, was charged with possession of a schedule I narcotic with the intent to distribute. He said khat, a flowering evergreen shrub native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, is legal in some European countries as well. The plant is chewed like tobacco and induces "manic behavior with grandiose delusions," according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Sheikaden, of Stone Mountain, was arrested last month in Bartow County with at least $250,000 worth of the drug.