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Woman arrested for driving while impaired with controlled substance

Woman arrested for driving while impaired with controlled substance Photo: U.S. DEA.

Updated: December 07, 2019 06:13 PM
Created: December 07, 2019 06:11 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A 49-year-old woman was arrested after an officer found her chewing on a controlled substance during a traffic stop.

Rochester Police Department says Fatima Mohamed Said was flagged down by an officer for lane change and traffic light violations on Saturday around 2:00 a.m. at the 900 block of South Broadway.

When the officer spoke with Said, the officer noticed her chewing on a green leafy substance. Said told the officer she was chewing on Khat. According to the United States Department of Drug Enforcement Administration, Khat is a drug made from leaves and twigs of the Khat tree that is native to eastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  DEA says the substance has active ingredients of cathine and cathinone and it is also known by the following street names: Abyssinian Tea, African Salad, Catha, Chat, Kat, Miraa, Oat, Qat, or Quaadka. Experts say it normally has the following effects on the body:

  • Manic behavior with grandiose delusions
  • Chronic use can cause depression and suicide
  • Hallucinations, paranoia, nightmares
  • Euphoria, increased alertness and energy, hyperactivity
  • Increase in blood pressure and heart rate
  • Cardiac complications
  • Insomnia, gastric disorders

During the traffic stop investigation, the officer determined that Said was driving while impaired. She was eventually arrested for controlled substance while driving and was transported to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center for referral of the following charges: 4th Degree DWI, 5th degree controlled substance pending further investigation.

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