Gas station owners agree to pay $88K after spice bust

FRANKLIN, Ind (WISH) — The owners of the Franklin gas station busted in December for selling spice will pay $88,000 as part of a civil case.

Prosecutor Brad Cooper said owners Nachhattar Singh and Karinder Kaur agreed to forfeit the money, which was seized during the raid at the Phillips 66 in the 400 block of East Jefferson Street. The city is also seeking to take ownership of the business, but Cooper said at this point, the owners are still operating it.

“I don’t think that’s fair at all. in fact, I think it’s injustice,” Deborah Faver said. She lives across the street from the store.

Senator Jim Merritt is the man behind a law cracking down on spice dealers.

“We’ve got legislation that puts this type of drug out of business and it continues to pop up and for this outfit to be still in business, is completely contrary to the law,” Sen. Jim Merritt said.

The money will be divided between local agencies. Cooper said $40,000 will go to the police department, $17,000 will go to the prosecutor’s office and the rest will go towards legal fees.

“That’s money that came from bad guys to pay for us to be better equipped and better trained to bust more bad guys,” said Franklin Police Chief Tim O’Sullivan.

Cooper said the owners may still spend time behind bars. Singh and Kaur have pleaded guilty to criminal charges and will be sentenced on July 9. Their business licenses will also be revoked for a minimum of one year, according to Cooper.

Rupinder Singh and Veerpartap Singh were also arrested during the raid and charged with dealing a synthetic drug.

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