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Gurcharn "John" Singh (Photo supplied / Elkhart County Jail)

Jaswinder "Jasmine" Kaur (Photo supplied / Elkhart County Jail)
Court raises bond to $5 million for owners of raided Elkhart gas stations
Posted on June 19, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.

GOSHEN — The owners of several gas stations that were raided in Elkhart County face multiple charges that include dealing in synthetic drugs, money laundering and corrupt business influence, and they are not in the country legally.

A hearing was held Thursday, June 19, in Superior Court 3 for Gurcharn Singh, 43, and Jaswinder Kaur, 37, to talk about their bonds. 

The co-defendants, who lived in Granger, had an initial hearing on Monday, according to court files. Kaur tried to post a bond Wednesday. A magistrate judge initially set her bond at $500,000.

But Peter Britton, deputy prosecutor in the case, told the court Thursday that due to an ongoing Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation, Kaur could be taken out of the Elkhart County jurisdiction if she pays her bond. 

Britton brought an officer from the Elkhart Police Department’s drug unit to testify during the hearing. The officer told the court since the raids on June 9, the police have conducted further investigations and have seized various assets that were involved in the alleged crimes committed. 

Among the assets seized, the detective listed $100,000 in accounts, $2.2 million in cash and the defendants’ house in Granger, which has a value of $300,000.

The officer also told the court he called ICE and confirmed Kaur and Singh are not in the country legally, and if Kaur and Singh pay their bonds, they could be deported because they both face an order of removal. 

The court raised the bond for Kaur and Singh to $5 million each, and revoked the bond Kaur posted the day before. 

The defendants’ next hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 10.