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      Businesses raided

      Stephen Wright

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      What started as an investigation more than a month ago ends with raids at two Missouri businesses early Wednesday morning.

      About a dozen officers with the Macon Police Department and the North Missouri Drug Task Force were on hand for the raid.

      It all took place at SmellGoodz, a store that was allegedly selling a synthetic drug similar to marijuana.

      "Today we confiscated evidence of manufacturing of this controlled substance or an imitation of a controlled substance," said Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger. "We also seized the actual imitation controlled substance."

      Nearby businesses say they were concerned once SmellGoodz opened up shop back in January because of the increased traffic flow the store generated.

      "Yeah I was concerned," said Debi Conklin, owner of Long Branch Embroidery in Macon. "Basically because of all the young traffic in downtown, they would run and get a handful of something and leave."

      Wednesday's raid lasted about three hours and during that time, officers confiscated several items.

      "We've seized numerous rubber-maid type containers including bulk product that hadn't yet been treated as well as the finished product of this synthetic or imitation controlled substance," Olinger said.

      But that wasn't the only thing police took with them.

      "We did arrest one subject, he was in the apartment that we searched today in town so we arrested him and charged him," said Olinger.

      Stephen Wright, 31, of Macon was arrested and charged with a felony count of delivery or manufacture of an imitation controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and promoting the sale of drug paraphernalia or imitation controlled substance. He has been released on bond.

      Local businesses say they're happy something was finally done.

      "I think it's a wonderful thing because kids don't need an opportunity that's easier for them to obtain drugs," Conklin said.

      So what's the next step for Macon Police?

      "Our investigation isn't done here, we're going to continue to take a very proactive stance against this product and hopefully not just locally but hopefully get rid of it in the state of Missouri," Olinger said.

      Meanwhile a second raid was executed at the SmellGoodz store in Brookfield, Mo. Several items were confiscated during that search including the incense bocomo dew, glass pipes, bath salts and cash.

      Police say no one was arrested, but charges are pending in that case.

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      Original story

      Search warrants were served at businesses in Macon and Brookfield Wednesday morning.Officers from the Macon Police, Brookfield Police and the North Missouri Drug Task Force served the warrants at the locations of Smellgoodz in both cities.

      One person was arrested during the raids. Stephen Wright, 31, of Macon is charged with a felony count of delivery or manufacture of an imitation controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and promoting the sale of drug paraphernalia or imitation controlled substance. He has been released on bond.

      Bath salts, which law enforcement officials say is basically a cocaine copy-cat that can produce a high similar to cocaine and meth, was seized at both Smellgoodz locations, along with other items. Charges are pending in connection with the raid at the Brookfield location.

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