KCUR News
5:00 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Charges in $1.4 Million Drug Store Heists

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Two men stand indicted today by a federal grand jury in a series of pharmacy burglaries in which nearly a hundred thousand pills were stolen.

By count of the U. S. Attorney in Kansas City, only about a fourth of the drugs have been recovered, among them Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Morphine and Percocet.

27 year old Dustin Dean-Salem Kinnison of Kansas City and 31 year old Tufue Tua of Lees Summit are being held without bond.

Prosecutor Beth Phillips says burglaries and attempted burglaries targeted three Walgreens stories in Kansas City, Lees Summit and Independence and an Omni Care Pharmacy on Red Bridge Road, Kansas City. The thefts occurred between last May and January 2nd of this year. Kinnison is also accused of illegally possessing a series of handguns and an assault rifle.

The drug value is put at $1.4 million. A money judgment sought against the men represents the street value of 96 thousand stolen pills at a price of $15 apiece.

Phillips notes the indictments are an accusation, not a finding of fact.