Synthetic marijuana raids in Elkhart, St. Joseph counties connected, police say

Mishawaka Police say raids conducted Monday in St. Joseph and Elkhart counties were part of a joint operation. There will be a news conference at 10:30 a.m. in Elkhart.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 9:46 a.m.

Police have confirmed that six raids on undisclosed locations in Elkhart County on Monday, June 9, are connected to six raids on St. Joseph County convenience stores suspected of selling synthetic marijuana.

Assistant Chief Dan Gebo of the Mishawaka Police Department confirmed Tuesday morning, June 10, that the raids in the two counties were a “joint operation.” Elkhart Police Department said they were working with the Indiana State Police and a news release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office named the Metro Special Operations Section, the South Bend Police Department and the Mishawaka Police Department as agencies involved in the joint operation.

Elkhart County authorities, including the prosecutor’s office, the 911 call center and police, declined to comment on the targets and purpose of the raids Monday.

The prosecutor’s office and Elkhart Police Department said more details would be released at a press conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office.

The six convenience stores in South Bend and Mishawaka were raided after a year-long investigation prompted by concerns and tips from the community, according to a news release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office. 

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