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Excise Police raid Gary gas stations; seize suspected synthetic pot

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Indiana State Excise Police officers took one man into custody and cited two Gary gas stations on Tuesday while investigating a citizen tip on the sale of synthetic marijuana.

According to a statement by the Excise Police, the Citgo at 2100 Virginia St. (also known as Yash Food and Fuel and TJ & Jetta Petroleum, Inc.) was preliminarily cited for possession of a look-alike substance and prohibited smoking. Officers seized an undisclosed number of packages of alleged synthetic marijuana products and an undisclosed amount of cash, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Citgo at 2395 Broadway (also known as TJ & Jetta Petroleum, Inc.) was similarly preliminarily cited for possession of a look-alike substance and prohibited smoking. Officers also seized at this location an undisclosed number of packages of alleged synthetic marijuana products and an undisclosed amount of cash, the statement said.

The Broadway store clerk Sarbsit Singh, 20, was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant charging him with armed robbery in New York State, along with three additional preliminary charges of false informing, misuse of a driver's license, and dealing in a look-alike substance.

Officers are continuing their investigation into both locations, with additional charges possible.

“State Excise Police officers will continue their work of investigating and arresting those persons who have the desire to sell these dangerous synthetic drugs,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. “Moreover, this investigation demonstrates how officers discover other crimes and fugitives from justice through the conduct of their administrative duties.”

Anyone with information about the sale of synthetic marijuana or bath salts can contact the Excise Police district office anonymously at (574) 264-9480.

As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.

 

Posted 6/20/2013