On Monday afternoon, search warrants were simultaneously executed at six St. Joseph County convenience stores suspected of selling synthetic drugs.
Narcotics investigators assigned to the Metro Special Operations Section (MSOS), the South Bend Police Department and the Mishawaka Police Department executed search warrants at the
• Stop Shop - 1039 Lincolnway West, South Bend, Indiana
• Rick's Mart - 3529 W. Western Avenue, South Bend,lndiana
• Sam's Food Mart - 1336 Lincolnway West, South Bend, Indiana
• Eddy Street Food Mart - 334 N. Eddy Street, South Bend, Indiana
• Always Open -1401 N. Bendix Avenue, South Bend, Indiana
• Rick's - 302 S. Main Street, Mishawaka, Indiana
According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, this coordinated effort is the culmination of a year-long investigation into the distribution of synthetic drugs in St. Joseph County.
"People living in the neighborhoods around these markets and gas stations, including parents, reached out to law enforcement with their concerns regarding possible synthetic drugs being sold," explained St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael A. Dvorak. "This led to the initiation of the operation. The officers who worked together on this lengthy investigation should be commended."
According to our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth, police in Elkhart have also raided six convenience stores, presumably in conjunction with the St. Joseph County raid. We are still working to confirm that, though.
Barbara Harrington is on the scene at Rick's Mart and is working to learn more information about the raid.