Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

Parsons police recovered a half-pound of marijuana during a traffic stop last week.

The traffic stop happened at 1:01 a.m. Monday, May 27, in the 1700 block of Main. Parsons Police Officer Kyle Shields stopped a vehicle that was swerving in the roadway.

During the stop, Shields developed probable cause to search the vehicle, a release from Parsons police said. Shields called for an additional officer to assist while he searched the vehicle. During the search, the officer found a suspected glass methamphetamine smoking pipe along with a pill, a bag of marijuana that weighed nearly half a pound and filled two evidence bags and other drug paraphernalia.

Police arrested Casey Graham, 21, of Parsons on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute and a traffic violation. Graham was jailed at Parsons Police Department and charges have been filed by the Labette County Attorney’s Office. 

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said that Shields’ initiative will be the foundation that the Kansas Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (K-CAT) will be built upon.

“Patrol officers working interdiction and providing information to the task force will give them the tools they need to build solid cases and stomp out this plague that haunts our city,” Spinks said in a prepared statement.

This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at (620) 421-7060 or call the tip line at 421-7057 or email

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