It’s not easy being Micah Riggs…
Far from it. Once upon a time – four years ago – the owner of Coffee Wonk near 35th and Broadway in Kansas City – was the owner of a thriving business, selling coffee, pastries and a smoking substance known as K2 – a form of what loosely is known as synthetic pot.
That was then.
K2 was banned in by Missouri in late August of 2010, Riggs held a going away bash and re-emerged with new, legal flavor of “incense” called Heaven Scent or Syn.
And down the road he went.
Until one October day in 2010 when Coffee Wonk was robbed at gunpoint and Kansas City Police were called to investigate, but ended up busting Riggs for selling Syn. Even though Riggs assured them it did not include any of the banned substances outlined by the Missouri law.
Now, two years later Riggs is finally going to get his day in court February 25th.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he says. “I’m looking forward to putting this behind me and proving my innocence.”
Until then, “I’ll be closed at least through the trial,” Riggs adds.
Subsequent to the first bust, Riggs continued to sell what he describes as a legal potpourri, not for human consumption.
With no hassle from police.
Until last week.
With his trial fast approaching, KC cops descended on Coffee Wonk again, arrested Riggs, confiscated his inventory and moved to get his bond revoked.
“The timing of all these new things they’ve been doing to me is interesting because of the timing of my trial,” Riggs says. “I don’t want to call it psychological warfare, but…I want my trial to happen because I’m innocent of all the charges against me.”
As for the police raid, “They took all kinds of stuff, man,” Riggs says. “They took potpourri, my records and my security camera and receiver – and that’s my footage for my own personal security. I mean, there’s nothing incriminating on that footage and I would like for people to see how (the bust) went down.
“We’re talking people coming in with guns drawn. I’m not sure how many there were, but if I had to put a number on it, I’d say a dozen. I know what they’re trying to do but I don’t want to make an offhand statement.”