Authorities puzzled by bags of cocaine scattered in Kansas town

YATES CENTER, Kan. | Law enforcement officers are trying to determine who has left six small bags of cocaine scattered around Yates Center in the last week and why.

Tests have confirmed that all six bags contained cocaine, police Chief Lyle D. Kee said Monday. He said it was possible that a couple of law enforcement officers were targets because packets were found in front of their homes.

The most recent discovery in the Woodson County town of about 1,600 people, about 80 miles south of Topeka, occurred Monday. The bags are about 1.25 inches by 1.25 inches.

“Our concern is that the packets are being found on the streets,” Kee said.

Yates Center police, the Woodson County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are investigating.

Kee said it wasn’t known if the packets contained poisonous substances that would be harmful or possibly fatal to those who find them. He said the local school superintendent has been notified.

“Our main focus now is public awareness,” Kee said. “Please don’t touch the baggies. Please don’t open them.”

When the first packet was found last week, officers thought it likely belonged to someone who got high and lost it on the street.

“But when we found the second one,” Kee said, “our antennae began to go up.”

Kee, who has been police chief for 24 years, said he can’t recall such an investigation.


Information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal,