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GRIFFITH — Broad Street Gyros' doors will remain closed indefinitely until detectives finish their investigation into how a bag of cocaine wound up in a customer's food order last month, according to Griffith Police Cmdr. Keith Martin.

The business at 105 N. Broad St. in downtown Griffith — steps away from the town's police department — was first shuttered Nov. 22 and the Town Council voted again this week to allow the suspension to stand during the police department's investigation, according to Martin and police records.

No criminal charges have been filed, Martin said, but that could change as the investigation unfolds. 

A sign posted on the restaurant's front door entrance Thursday night notes that the town's clerk-treasurer suspended the license. The notice states operating the business without a license could result in significant penalties.

The Griffith Police Department "found probable cause of illegal activity being conducted out of this business in violation of federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, endangering public health and safety," the letter states. 

Martin said Griffith detectives are waiting on Indiana State Police to conduct a forensic analysis of surveillance video seized from the business Nov. 21. 

Customer finds cocaine

At about 6:20 p.m. Nov. 21, police received a 911 call from a woman who explained she discovered drugs in her take-home order from Broad Street Gyros.

She told police when she came home, she immediately got a call from a Broad Street Gyros employee who asked if she received an order of cheese sticks by mistake, Martin said. 

When the customer said yes, the business requested she "bring it back," at which point the customer refused. The business pressed further, even asking for the customer's home address so they could personally pick it up.

Growing suspicious, the customer looked more closely at her food and discovered a white powdery substance in a container that later tested positive for cocaine, Martin said.

Officers were able to obtain a search warrant that night, executed at about 8:40 p.m., Martin said. A K-9 handler and his police dog, Gino, reportedly detected the presence of drugs in several locations. 

"The most prominent was in the business office," Martin said. 

Police records show the business owner was present at the time of the executed search warrant.

No drugs were located, but the owner allegedly admitted to police during the search that she had "partied before while at work," Martin said, referring to police records.

When the detective asked what "partied" meant, the woman replied she "did a line (of cocaine) and toked a few times," Martin said. 

No one has claimed ownership of the cocaine found in the customer's order, Martin said. 

Attempts to reach the Broad Street Gyros owner through social media Thursday night were unsuccessful. 


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Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.