Paul D. Cramm

Kansas Star Casino attracting drugs and crime?

MULVANE, Kansas – The allegation of increased criminal activity is under investigation by KSN and it is also finding out what law enforcement is doing about it.

KSN received a report that drug activity is becoming a big problem at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane.

Some Kansans were not in the favor of the casino from the start for some serious reasons.

Lynette Miller, a resident near the Kansas Star said, “We’ve lived here 35 years so very quiet neighborhood we had, raised our kids all here and now we have this literally across the road from us. A lot of traffic, we deal with a lot of noise, cars honking. A man who had too much to drink came over here and asked for help”.

Of all the problems the Kansas Star brings for some individuals in town, drugs may soon become another big problem.

The Mulvane Chief of Police, Dave Williams said, “These people typically go to casino parking lots and once they pass Kansas City they started researching where’s the next one, where’s the next one and uh they figured it would be here”.

Earlier this month, 4 individuals all from out-of-state were taken into custody in a methamphetamine drug bust on Kansas Star Drive, the road leading up to the casino parking lot. They all are in Sumner County jail awaiting trial.

It was questioned by Chief Williams if he has seen an increase in overall drug activity and  he replied “No”.

When it comes to the matter of taking individuals into custody, then it is a different story.

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According to Williams, “Uh the first year was 19.9% of our arrests came from the casino, and now it’s running 32.3 percent”.

An increase in calls at the casino was expected and that was the reason why last year two police officers were added to the force. Some officials said that it’s the nature of it all.

Kent Hixon, a Mulvane city administrator said, “Given the incredible number of people that visit the casino on a daily basis, I think that you’re going to have pretty much all manner of human activity behavior in that volume and business”.

The city administrator keeps check of police calls at the casino but still said that the benefits cannot be counted.

KSN went to talk to the representatives of the casino for comment and to learn more about their security measures but there was no answer.

2 of the 4 individuals taken into custody in the recent drug bust near the Kansas Star are scheduled to go to court on Thursday.

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This practice has been exclusively devoted to all levels of criminal defense from misdemeanor offenses in municipal court to felony matters in the Federal courts of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. Paul D. Cramm is qualified to provide defense in Capital and Death Penalty cases.