Southwest Missouri law enforcement agencies continued cracking down this week on alleged sales of synthetic drugs at convenience stores.
Carthage police said about 220 packets of K-2, a synthetic marijuana, were seized when investigators served a search warrant Tuesday at a Carthage store.
Police Capt. Randee Kaiser said the search warrant was sought after “a lengthy investigation revealed the possibility the store had been selling K-2.”
“We take it very seriously; it’s an illegal narcotic,” Kaiser said of the substance.
The search of the store also turned up what police believe is an illegal electronic gambling device. It also was seized. No arrests were made, but the investigation is continuing, Kaiser said.
Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force joined McDonald County sheriff’s deputies in serving search warrants Monday at a store in Jane and at another on Route E.
Sheriff Robert Evenson said in a news release that undercover officers purchased a product last week from the two stores that is believed to be on a list of chemicals banned in Missouri.
He said about 9,000 to 10,000 packages were seized.
The sheriff said no arrests were made at either store pending a decision by the McDonald County prosecutor on the filing of criminal charges.
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