The owner and two employees of a Leesburg gas station were taken into police custody last week and charged with selling synthetic drugs. The arrests followed an investigation that spanned several months.
According to a Warsaw Police Department press release, police and the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office received complaints that Katie’s Kwik Mart, 101 S. Main St., Leesburg, was selling synthetic drugs, also known as look-a-like drugs. A tip during a recent drug arrest led police to set-up controlled purchases from Katie’s Kwik Mart.
Purchased was a substance known as “iBLOWN,” which has tested positive as an illegal synthetic drug. Police also served search warrants at the convenience store and at a Leesburg residence and recovered 278 packets of what is believed to be synthetic drugs. The in-store surveillance equipment was confiscated and is being examined for further drug activity.
On Thursday, Warsaw Police arrested Baljinder Singh, 23, and Pinka Singh, 29, both of 205 W. Plum Street, Leesburg, for dealing in a look-a-like substance and corrupt business influence, both Class C felonies. Both men worked as clerks at Katie’s Kwik Mart and both were held on $2,000 bonds.
Warsaw Police also arrested the owner of the convenience store, Surjit Singh, 39, of Elkhart, on Friday. He was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail for dealing in a look-a-like substance and corrupt business influence and was held at the Kosciusko County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Police say the three men are not related.
Warsaw Police were assisted in their investigation by the Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, the Kosciusko County Centralized Drug Enforcement unit, and the Indiana State Police.