Illegal Drug Seized From Fayetteville Businesses

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Investigators with the Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force seize an illegal drug from three business in Fayetteville.

Recently, the sale of mitragynine, commonly known as Kratom, was added to the list of illegal drugs in the state of Arkansas, because it is highly addictive with no medical value. According to police, area businesses continued to sell the product. That led to search warrants being issued and the drug being seized from Sidney’s Emporium, Back Alley Tea House and Bodega, all in Fayetteville.

According to police, eighty-eight pounds of Kratom powder was seized from Sidney’s Emporium. Five pounds was seized from Back Alley Tea House and over three and one-half pounds of Kratom power, 3,500 Kratom capsules, and 800 ounces of liquid Kratom was seized from Bodega.

The Fourth Judicial District Task Force is comprised of Fayetteville, Springdale, Prairie Grove, Lincoln, Farmington, West Fork, Greenland, Johnson, Tontitown, Elkins Police Departments, the city of Goshen, and the Washington and Madison County Sheriff’s Office.


  • Ricky Stacy

    Money talks because this is not a drug it’s a pain killer like the bark from a willow tree.The pharmaceuticals can’t make money and they want me to buy their hydrocodone for my shattered back. After 60’s years of living in Arkansas it’s time to move to a better state.

  • Tonda Groetzinger

    kratom is a natural alternative to prescription pain pills. We have a crisis right now with heroin. What are you police doing to stop the heroin? LEAVE MY LEAF ALONE!
    Kratom comes from a tree in south east asia and is in the coffee family.

    When the government takes laws into their own hands without the citizens knowledge-we have tyranny. What you have done is unconstitutional. The citizens of Arkansas need to stand up and protest.

    Why don’t you police stop the child sexual abuse??? oh because in your little world its not your business. talk to a survivor of abuse-=you will change your views. stop this tyranny on the peoples freedom of medical choice.

    the reason why this has been done is because the person who signed this law is a prescriber of SUBOXONE-Follow the money. They don’t want to help addicts. They just want to steal your money!

  • Back-alley Tea House

    There are so many spelling and grammar errors in this short article, I won’t even bother to point to them specifically. Not only that , but it’s a shit situation created by false-information-spreading pig-porkers, acting on behalf of monied interest.

  • Andrew Gerard

    HEROIN DEALERS REJOICE! Congratulations, you will now get a bunch of your old customers, who were doing just fine, back. Oh, and YAY for Big Pharma!!! You all just won the Arkansas State Lottery. Enjoy!

  • Mike Haring

    In other news a Children’s Hospital in Colorado last week allowed another child to be treated with ‘Hash Oil’ to alleviate the symptoms of severe Epilepsy. Arkansas’s neighbor to the west is the origin of the famous ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Cannabis extract used in several states to combat children’s epilepsy. Arkansas’ neighbor to the north is likely the next state to legalize marijuana this fall.
    Don’t buy into the Propaganda or 40 year old failed drug war. For Profit Prisons need prisoners, Police need funding, Attorneys and Courts need cases. Reject the systematic criminalization of non-vilolent American citizens for profit.

  • cgmaness

    Un-focking believable. With the invention of bath salts and spice, I am behind that being illegal a hundred percent, but this witch hunt without ANY RESEARCH, EXPERIENCS, OR PROOF, is nothing short of tyrannical big pharm agenda bullshit. All these natural alternative medicines that have been used as such for thousands of years are made illegal not for your well being. They threaten big pharmaceutical’s obscene profits. Yet, the drugs and food that litters our culture and kills daily are of course so easy to obtain. Great job America! I hope you win votes for such a problem avoided. Superficial greedy retards.

  • aimeem16

    PLEASE check out the Botanical Legal Defense’s website to get involved and save Kratom! There are many other states under fire, the bill was tabled in Georgia, but they’re still fighting for their rights, too.
    As far as Arkansas goes? I don’t understand how this flew under the radar so hardcore! We need to unite and fight this! Even if you have no idea what Kratom is, the way this “task force” went about these raids and arrests should infuriate you! These business owners would have NEVER been openly selling an illegal product! This is super sketchy and we need to unite and fight this, people! It’s frightening, actually…let’s do something about it.
    Also check out the American Kratom Association, for more information on how you can make a difference.

    Thank you!

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