The Marathon station at Indiana and Franklin is boarded up after Monday's police action in which six locations in Elkhart County and six more in St. Joseph County were raided in a multi-jurisdictional operation.(Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) Officers with the Indiana State Police, Elkhart City and Elkhart County Police are shown here Monday afternoon outside the Marathon gas station on Indiana Ave. and Franklin St. in Elkhart.(Sarah Welliver/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Synthetic marijuana raids in Elkhart, St. Joseph counties connected, police say
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 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.