DEMOTTE | Federal and local law enforcement officials closed a service station at the intersection of Ind. 10 and Interstate 65 Monday during an investigation into the alleged sale of bath salts and other controlled substances.
Jasper County Sheriff Terry J. Risner said his department, Rensselaer police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration took part in an undercover drug buy and the execution of a search warrant at the Marathon Gas Station just west of the I-65 interchange.
"We facilitated a controlled undercover buy for the sale of Spice, K2 and bath salts by one of the clerks of that business. The investigation, aided by a confidential informant and our undercover drug interdiction unit is still ongoing," Risner said.
The service station is in the midst of truck stops as well as retail businesses that serve this town and the Roselawn community.
Gina McCartney, who works in the nearby registration office of the Lake Holiday Camp Resort, said she first saw police at the station about 11 a.m.
Law enforcement cars and yellow police tape still barred the entrance early Monday afternoon.
K2 and Spice are street names for a synthetic marijuana that have been sold for years as herbal incense and plant food, according to the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy website.
K2 and Spice typically are made from plant material laced with a chemical that mimics the active ingredient in marijuana, and bath salts contain drugs related to amphetamines, according to the site.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers has received thousands of emergency calls related to heart and blood circulation problems as well as violent behavior by the recreational users of such substances, the website states.