LAPORTE | The owner of a gas station near Michigan City is accused of selling synthetic marijuana, a product now illegal in Indiana.
Amarjeet Singh, 26, was arraigned Wednesday in LaPorte Circuit Court on a Class D felony charge of dealing a synthetic drug.
He could face anywhere from a six-month to three-year sentence.
According to court documents, Singh became the target of an investigation in June when information developed that synthetic marijuana could be obtained from him at his business.
Court documents revealed that Singh is the owner of the Marathon station at Johnson Road and 450 North in Coolspring Township.
Investigators with the LaPorte Metro Operations Unit arranged for a buy involving three grams of synthetic marijuana for less than $40.
Police said the buyer approached Singh who was behind the counter of the gas station.
Singh reached underneath the counter and handed the buyer a package labeled 7H Kush.
The money was then given to another man behind the counter and inside the container was a green leafy substance later identified as synthetic marijuana, according to court records.
Singh told the buyer "not to say anything about selling the stuff," according to court documents.
Police said Singh was also caught that same month selling $25 in synthetic marijuana at his gas station.
According to court records, a buyer went up to Singh and told him "they wanted the weed" and he gave them synthetic marijuana inside a package labeled 7H Hydro.
LaPorte Metro Operations Coordinator Kevin Ulam said the synthetic drug has various names including, Mr. Smiley and Bath Salts.
The drug is also represented to be incense and other types of supposedly legal products.
Earlier this year, the law was strengthened to include an up to one year suspension of a retailer's license if caught selling synthetic marijuana and other similar drugs.
Ulam said he's not sure about the make-up of synthetic marijuana but there are warming labels on the products about not ingesting the contents.
"These products, who knows where they come from?" Ulam said.