Harrisonville Mayor Kevin Wood is cracking down on synthetic drugs being sold in his city.
In late February, Wood ordered police to shut down Discount Liquor and Tobacco, 2011 N. Commercial St., alleging it illegally sold synthetic drugs. And on March 3, the Board of Aldermen declined a request to reinstate the store’s business license.
“It’s time for people to know we’re not going to put up with that,” Wood said.
Harrisonville outlawed the selling of bath salts and synthetic drugs in early September after Police Chief John Hofer made a plea with the Board of Aldermen to prohibit them.
“It is very harmful for our children and adults,” Hofer told the aldermen at the time. “We recently found high school students on this stuff.”
The ordinance states that the city can pull a business license if a business does not comply.
On Feb. 26, police conducted an enforcement sting on businesses that had been known to sell synthetic drugs in the past.
After police observed an employee at Discount Liquor and Tobacco selling the bath salts, Wood ordered its business license revoked.
“They sent someone in and were able to buy synthetic drugs and a pipe,” Wood said.
In asking for the license back, store owner Ricky Patel admitted to breaking the law.
“I am sincerely sorry for what happened. I hope you will accept my sincere apologies. I promise it will never happen again,” Patel said.
According to Hofer, the illicit products are being marketed as “bath salts,” which consist of synthetic substitutes that mimic the pharmacological effects of amphetamines, cocaine, Ecstasy and other illegal drugs.
After the ordinance was approved, Wood said, police hand-delivered copies of it to businesses known to be selling bath salts.
“I don’t think there were any questions in anybody’s mind that you can’t do it.” Wood said.