Drugs; Guns Seized on Monterey Peninsula
December 7, 2012
Local law enforcement have arrested a Salinas man who was allegedly selling a stimulant drug called Khat.
P.R.V.N.T. (Peninsula Regional Violence Narcotics Team) seized 72 pounds of Khat, a stimulant drug made from an East African shrub, and a few firearms after arresting 40-year-old Jaime Gomez of Salinas. Investigators searched both his residences in Salinas and Del Rey Oaks.
According to Seaside Police Sergeant Bruno Dias, Khat contains the chemical Cathinone, which is a schedule I drug—methamphetamine is also a schedule I drug—which makes it a controlled substance.
Dias says that while Seaside police have not seized Khat before, it has been found in Monterey County at a farm in Prunedale.