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Tips to UNIT Lead to Arrest of Owner of Phillips 66 for Synthetic Marijuana Sales

April 24, 2014

04/25/14 Members of the Marshall County Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team (UNIT), troopers from the ISP and Indiana Excise Police served a search warrant at the Phillips 66 One Stop Food & Shop service station at 795 South Michigan Street in LaPaz. 

The warrant stemmed from several tips of synthetic marijuana being sold at the gas station at US 6 and US 31.  On October 2, 2013 a subject came to the police station and stated that synthetic marijuana was being sold at the gas station in LaPaz.  The informant said the owner, Kevin was selling and he was very particular who he sold to.

On January 24th of this year the Drug Task Force phone line received a call from a subject in Georgia.  He had received information that the Phillips 66 in LaPaz was selling synthetic marijuana.  The guy’s name was Kevin and he was selling “Crazy Monkey” for $25 a pack.

On February 26th  a male subject called the Drug Task Force line and said that “Kevin” was selling synthetic marijuana that he keeps in a clack box behind the counter. 

On March 19th an undercover operation was able to purchase synthetic marijuana at the Phillips station in LaPaz.  The buy was $40 and was purchase from Attinderpal Khalsa, also known as Kevin.

On Friday, April 18th the Marshall County Dispatch Center received an anonymous saying a guy was riding his bike from Plymouth to LaPaz to buy synthetic marijuana.  The dispatch center was able to have officers locate the subject arrested him for possession of synthetic marijuana.  The subject indicated that he had purchased it at the Phillips 66 in LaPaz.

A search warrant was issued on the 24th and served at the Phillips 66.  Officer located synthetic marijuana and a large amount of cash, in excess of $10,000.  Paperwork located indicated that Mr. Khalsa had access to large sums of income in the recent past.  There was also evidence of offshore bank accounts in India.

It was discovered through the investigation that Mr. Khalsa has strong ties to Texas, New York and Pennsylvania.  He has had prior addresses in those locations within the past four years. 

On Wednesday Mr. Khalsa was arrested and booked into the Marshall County Jail.  He is being charged with Dealing in a Synthetic Drug or Lookalike as a class C felony, Maintaining a Common Nuisance as a class D felony, possession of synthetic drug or lookalike as a class A misdemeanor and Dealing in Paraphernalia as a class B Misdemeanor.  His bond was set at $20,000 cash and the defendant had to surrender his passport to the Marshall County Jail upon posing the cash bond.  That bond was posted just before 10 p.m. on Thursday and Khalsa was released. 

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