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Man pleads guilty to importing controlled substance

Man pleads guilty to importing controlled substance

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(KSL News) An Ethiopian refugee has pleaded guilty to importing a narcotic and illegal plant into the United States.

In U.S. District Court yesterday, Patrick Bahati pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to import a controlled substance.

He could now be sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison but likely will be given a lesser sentence because he's cooperating with prosecutors.

Bahati and another man are accused of trying to bring more than 400 pounds of the Khat plant into the U.S. last December.

Khat is a flowering shrub grown in East Africa that is chewed like tobacco for a narcotic effect.

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