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Nearly 200 Pounds of Khat Seized, Woman Charged



Investigation by Specialized Investigations Narcotics detectives and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents led to the arrest of Zemzem Seraj, 47, who is charged with possession of Khat for resale.

Seraj accepted a package of Khat weighing approximately 60 pounds at her 1416 Running Brook Road residence. During the subsequent execution of a search warrant at the home, detectives and agents seized an additional 130 pounds of Khat and $9,150 cash.

Khat, a Schedule I drug, is a stimulant derived from a shrub that is native to East Africa and southern Arabia. Khat leaves are typically chewed to release stimulant chemicals.

Seraj is charged with felony Khat possession and tampering with evidence. She is being held in lieu of $160,000 bond.


Zemzem Seraj, 47