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.
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.
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).
Newton and Jasper counties.