Mother says she believes she found balloon full of drugs on north Tulsa playground

Posted at 2:51 PM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 19:30:22-05

A mother is outraged after she finds what she believes to be drugs on a public playground in north Tulsa.

Caitlyn Jenkins said she was playing with her 4-year-old son at Mike Patrick park on Thursday.

"We played here for a good 30 minutes," Jenkins said.

But the play date with her child was soon cut short  when she noticed her little boy holding something that appeared suspicious.

"If I wasn't watching, I could be in the hospital with my son, or he could have died," Jenkins said. "When I saw him pick it up, I told him to drop it. I thought it was a piece of trash or something."

She said a small balloon fell from her sons hands.

"As soon as he dropped it on the floor, I stepped on it, and I saw that [something came] out."

A white powdery white substance, Jenkins believed could be drugs.

Immediately, she called police. She tells 2 Works for You the substance was everywhere, and she called officials because she didn't want other kids to also be in danger.

She adds that dispatch told her an officer would be on their way, so she waited, only to grow angry with each passing minute.

"There hasn't been many times that I needed to call police," Jenkins said. "But the one time I did, I thought they would respond faster, especially to something like drugs at a playground where children could die."

After a few more phone calls, and an hour of waiting, Jenkins said dispatch told her to leave, so she did.

"They should be here when you call them to come clean up something like this," she said.

Tulsa police said although this is a concerning issue, it is a low priority call, and because Jenkins left the scene, dispatch canceled the officer scheduled to respond.

Jenkins said she felt neglected and wants to parents to know to stay away from the park, until something is done.

Currently, the white substance remains. Jenkins said she is planning on contacting police again to get the issue taken care of.

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