A 21-year-old man and his toad were arrested this week in an unusual drug bust. The man has been accused on suspicion of using the toad to get high.
Clay County Sheriff's deputies said David Theiss, of Kansas City, possessed a Colorado River toad with the intention of using it as a hallucinogenic.
Experts said it's possible to lick the toad's venom glands to achieve psychedelic effects.
Theiss was released on bond. The toad is in custody at a police crime lab.
They are called ‘Colorado River toads’ and Persephone's in Lawrence is one of the few places which sells them in the country, and Clay county prosecutor Don White says it's a good thing you don't see these guys all over.
"It could certainly make you sick. It can kill children, poison animals in your home …not something that should really be around"
But now some people are accused of actually insisting the toad’s venom on purpose, it acts as a drug. On Halloween law enforcement officials conducted operation bad candy and rounded up residents suspect of drug related activities. David Theiss, 21, was one of those arrested and when authorities went to his home they found a Colorado River toad.
But lately the toad's popularity has picked up. The store is now selling 2 or 3 a week. Many are sold on line but some are going to students right here in Lawrence. So is toad licking as it's called become popular among students. It certainly doesn't seem so.
"Surprises me,” one student said. “You can probably get better drugs for $150."