LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Police arrested two men they say were chewing a plant classified as a drug and drinking beer near Watterson Lake Park.

Mumin Hassan and Abdi Hassan were allegedly sitting in a car on S. Wheatmore Drive shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday with a large amount of Khat in the middle console and open beer bottles in the cup holders.

Khat is an edible plant native to the Horn of Africa with stimulative properties and is classified as a drug.

According to an arrest report, when officers demanded the men to step out of the car, Mumin Hassan swallowed a handful of Khat before getting out of the car.

That's when police say Abdi Hassan placed the bag under the passenger seat.

Both men are charged with possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and possession of open containers in a motor vehicle.

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