ELKHART — Residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the six Elkhart convenience stores closed Tuesday, June 10, in a synthetic marijuana crackdown likely will be paying special attention to the cases.
Many of those people, especially those living in the city’s core, lack transportation to stores further away.
It was unclear Wednesday just how long those stores will be boarded up and sealed off with police tape.
Heather Norman, spokeswoman for Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill, said the courts will decide whether or when the businesses can reopen.
"A lot of these locations currently are in the midst of legal proceedings so I don’t have a timeline on when they might reopen,“ Norman said, declining to comment on what Hill would like to see happen with the businesses.
Granger residents Gurcharn “John” Singh, 43, and Jaswinder “Jasmine” Kaur, 37, own four of the Elkhart County stores.
Elkhart County Superior 3 Judge George Biddlecome is presiding over the civil case that prosecutors filed seeking immediate closure of the businesses and seizure of Singh’s and Kaur’s assets. Biddlecome said through a staff member that he could not comment on a pending case.
Last month in Marion County, a Franklin Phillips 66 gas station whose owners were charged with dealing in synthetic marijuana was allowed to reopen after they reached a settlement with the county prosecutor that required them to pay $80,000. The office will use the money for equipment and training for drug prosecutors and training, according to a WTHR report.