By Mark Vasto
During the early morning of February 11, at about 3 a.m., Parkville police say somebody burglarized the Fast Stop, the west side gas station and convenience store on Hwy. 45. Burglaries of that sort are not common in Parkville, but what surprised Parkville Police Chief Kevin Chrisman was the score: synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as "K2" or "herbal incense."
Chrisman said he received a call soon after the incident from a concerned citizen who lived just outside of Parkville. She conveyed a concern over the illegal drug and relayed a story about a family member who was suffering from the side effects of the drug. Though it was the sole complaint he had ever received regarding the drug, Chrisman felt he needed to act swiftly -- if only to put potential local retailers and prospective buyers "on notice" immediately.
"[Parkville] is going to combat this issue," Chrisman said in a Wednesday morning press conference at City Hall. "It will not be tolerated."
Chrisman made his comments before conducting police raids at both the Fast Stop and Everyday stores on Hwy. 45 at around 11:30 a.m., shutting down the businesses, blocking their entrances and, in tandem with the Kansas City Police Department's Vice squad, seized what they believed to be troves of the illegal substances. No search warrants were executed, and there were no arrests made at the time.
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