St. Joseph County police agencies bust stores suspected of selling synthetic drugs

Complaints from neighbors and parents prompted the investigation.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 4:50 p.m.

Police conducted simultaneous search warrants at six St. Joseph County convenience stores suspected of selling synthetic drugs Monday afternoon, June 9.

According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office, officers from the Metro Special Operations Section, the South Bend Police Department and the Mishawaka Police Department conducted the warrants at:

• Stop Shop, 1039 Lincolnway W., South Bend.

• Rick's Mart, 3529 W. Western Ave., South Bend.

• Sam's Food Mart, 1336 Lincolnway W., South Bend.

• Eddy Street Food Mart, 334 N. Eddy St., South Bend.

• Always Open, 1401 N. Bendix Ave., South Bend.

• Rick's, 302 S. Main St., Mishawaka.

The searches are a result of a year-long investigation 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,” St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael A. Dvorak said in a statement. "This led to the initiation of the operation. The officers who worked together on this lengthy investigation should be commended."

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