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Harrisonville business temporarily shut down for selling bath salts

HARRISONVILLE, MO (KCTV) -

A metro business is back open after being shut down for selling banned bath salts.

The city of Harrisonville, MO, passed an ordinance banning the sale of bath salts and other synthetic drugs, but police say one business owner refused to follow the law.

Only the maker of the blank packet of incense knows for sure what ingredients are inside, but that doesn't stop many people from using the synthetic drugs to get high.

"We don't want our young people to be exposed to it and have it readily accessible in our area," said Lt. Mike Prindle with the Harrisonville Police Department.

In an effort to keep bath salts and other synthetic drugs off Harrisonville shelves, the city passed an ordinance banning the sale of synthetic drugs. They hand-delivered a copy of the ordinance to businesses known for selling it, including Liquor Tobacco.

"Unfortunately the Liquor Tobacco store sold back to the officer again," Prindle said.

When an undercover officer asked to buy a pipe and incense at Liquor Tobacco, located at North Commercial Street and Plaza Drive, the owner charged him $5 for the pipe plus an added $0.45 for sales tax. For the incense, he asked the undercover officer to pay $28 flat without any tax added.

Police say the clerk pulled the incense from under a basket and it was hidden inside a money bag.

"It was being hidden for a reason," Prindle said.

Officers said they seized packets of synthetic drugs found in the store. The 63-year-old owner, Babubhai Patel, was charged and the city revoked his business license.

"To send a message that this is not going to be tolerated in this community. I applaud the city for standing behind it because this is one of those waves of drug activity that we definitely don't want to get a foothold in this community," Prindle said.

This was the first time the city used their new ordinance to bust a business owner for selling the banned bath salts.

Patel had the business re-licensed by another family member, which is considered legal. It is once again open, but they are waiting for new permits and licenses. The owner was not available for comment.

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