12 pounds of marijuana seized in Pittsburg raid - KOAM TV 7

12 pounds of marijuana seized in Pittsburg raid


A drug bust in Pittsburg prompts law enforcement officials to talk about the overall problem of drug crime in Southeast Kansas.  Formal charges are expected to be filed soon from Friday morning's raid.

Police say they've been working for about a week on a tip about this illegal drug activity.  Investigators won't say who gave the tip.

Neighbors to the suspects say they were kind but often wondered how the two people made a living.

Authorities say busts like this are happening far too often.

"Easily within the last two years, I would say our drug numbers have gone way up," says Crawford County prosecutor Michael Gayoso.  "Just Crawford County, last year we had the most number of meth seizures in the entire state of Kansas, and that's not per capita, that's just strictly by numbers."

"Probably close to a dozen narcotics related search warrants so far this year," says Lt. Cris Hatcher of the Pittsburg Police Department.

Pittsburg police raided a home on South Woodland Street and found 12 pounds of marijuana, non-prescribed narcotics, and drug paraphernalia.

A married couple was arrested.

Investigators say they don't yet know if the man and woman intended to distribute the narcotics but believe most of the marijuana was for profit.

"Due to the amount of marijuana that was found, it was clearly one that was for financial purposes," says Gayoso.

Police say the couple have a young boy who was in school at the time of the arrests.

"We don't have any reason to speculate that the child himself is in any type of physical danger," says Lt. Hatcher.

Police will allow the child to return home back with his parents once they bond out of jail.

Investigators believe most of those drugs come from out of state.

The county prosecutor is working to start a new drug court that would implement more drug rehab for people convicted of drug crimes.

"The narcotics investigations, they come and they go," says Lt. Hatcher.  "We may have a spike for a two month period, we have a lull for a two month period."

It's a numbers roller coaster that police hope to flatten with continued prosecution of drug crimes.

Police say the home is not within 1,000 feet of a school.

KOAM is not releasing the names of the suspects until formal charges have been filed.

The Crawford County prosecutor expects to file the charges early next week.

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