Marijuana holiday prompts bistate raids

Law enforcement officers fanned out on both sides of the state line Friday, targeting those suspected of growing and selling marijuana.

Authorities seized 43 marijuana plants, four handguns, about $13,000 in cash, a stolen flatbed trailer, an all-terrain vehicle, about $4,500 in drug tax stamps, a small quantity of methamphetamine and an assortment of drug paraphernalia, said Deputy Tom Erickson of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.

Four people were arrested in the effort that authorities called Operation Constant Gardener II. It coincided with 4/20 or April 20, which is considered to those in the marijuana subculture as a holiday, Erickson said. About 40 officers executed 10 search warrants in Missouri and Kansas.

“We would have liked to have gotten more plants from some of the indoor growth,” Erickson said. “Anytime we can take any of this off the streets, it is successful.”

Glenn E. Rice, grice@kcstar.com