Drug bust in Salem gas station leads to 3 arrests


by Brittany Gonzalez


Posted on February 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 12:58 AM

SALEM, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A gas station in Washington County is shut down after a yearlong investigation revealed synthetic marijuana was being sold inside.

“They were dealing I would call it a sizable quantity weekly,” Major Scott Ratts with Salem Police said.

A search warrant was executed early Tuesday at the Marathon Gas Station on West Mulberry Street police found more than 200 packets of the synthetic marijuana in a back room and more than $5,000 in cash.

Evelynne Wagoner lives across the street from the gas station and says she never suspected drugs were being sold inside. According to police, $20,000 in cash that was seized by US Postal Inspectors three weeks ago is also believed to be connected to this drug operation. 

“I had known absolutely nothing…stuff like that doesn’t happen around here it’s shocking,” Wagoner said.

Police executed three other warrants on Tuesday at several residencies as a part of the investigation. Three people were taken into custody, including one employee who is the gas station owner’s girlfriend. Police are not releasing their identities because of the ongoing investigation but say they face felony charges.

“We believe there were employees that had knowledge of this and we think participated in the dealing of this substance out,” Ratts said.

Keith Hamilton is a customer at the Marathon Gas Station and on Tuesday evening he was met with locked doors, and a alarming discovery.

“That’s shocking. I stopped in there several times I never realized anything was going on, “Hamilton said.

Police say they do believe the owner of the gas station is also involved, but he has been out of the country for the last three weeks. Police say they do expect to obtain more search warrants and expect more arrests soon.