Chicago TribunePolice have seized 43 pounds of khat, an East Africa plant known for its narcotic properties, that was bound from France to an address on the Near West Side. The package was initially detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security earlier this month on the East Coast. It was addressed to a place in the 2600 block of West 15th Street in Chicago, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. The package was allowed to proceed to O’Hare International Airport, where sheriff’s investigators picked it up and delivered to the West Side address, police said. The person who accepted it was taken into custody. The investigators learned that the package was to have been delivered to a cab driver named Hassan Khalif-Mohamud at a BP gas station at Ontario and LaSalle streets, officials said. Khalif-Mohamud was arrested after he paid an undercover investigator $150 for delivering the package, police said.

Khat is native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The leaves and shoots are usually chewed, or dried to make tea or chewable paste. Feelings of euphoria and increased alertness have been attributed to the plant, but it can cause elevated blood pressure, dilated pupils, hyperthermia and increased respiration. It is banned in the United States.

First off if I was some Muslim cab drive named Hassan Khalif-Mohamud picking up boxes from O’Hare I’d probably want to be a bit more careful wrapping up 43 pounds of East African super weed that sneaky looks like a package of loaded explosives. Dude looks like he used the broken box Ace Ventura hid in at the mental hospital to try and pull this whole operation off. Not a good look bro.

And secondly, I don’t just want to get my hands on some Kaht, I need to get my hands on some Kaht. I’m at that age where it’s getting tougher to know and hear about all the hot new drugs everyone’s doing. Like my absolute worst fear in the world is going to a summer festival and sparking up a J and having a bunch of bros point and laugh at me while they inject laundry detergent or paint thinner straight into their brains or burn down grape dutches filled with this Kaht business. I can’t just chill back like Rear Admiral and enjoy some weed if noone else is. I’m too insecure. Gotta stay on top of the game. So if anyone knows where to get some Kaht hit up the tips e-mail and no funny business because obviously I’m having Whitesox Dave test it first to make sure it isn’t poison.