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Trooper at ISP Lowell post recognized for khat bust

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An Indiana State Police trooper assigned to the Lowell Post has been honored for making the largest seizure of khat--40 pounds--in the U.S. in 2013.

Senior Trooper Aaron Trammel received an award while attending the National Interdiction Conference in Nashville, Tenn., last week. Approximately 1,100 from 44 states and six Canadian provinces attended the conference.

On Jan. 29, 2013, Trammel stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the southbound lanes of I-65 two miles south of the Winamac/Fair Oaks exit. While speaking with the occupants Trammel became suspicious and walked his K-9 partner Ryker around the vehicle. Ryker alerted and in a subsequent search of the vehicle Trammel found a bed sheet in the trunk concealing bundles of khat.

Khat is a flowering plant mostly grown in the Horn of Africa. It has a short shelf life, normally only two weeks, then begins to lose its potency. Users of khat usually chew it for the “stimulant-euphoric effect” it has.

The National Interdiction Conference, a collaboration of National Criminal Enforcement Association and Desert Snow, conducts training on such subjects as traffic stops, hidden compartments, and Mexican cartel information.

Trammel was able to attend by the generosity of the Domestic Highway Enforcement, an initiative of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA).

Trammel patrols Newton and Jasper counties.

 

 

Posted 4/10/2014