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
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.