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Alcohol permit pulled from gas station

Shoppers hoping to purchase beer or wine at Coliseum Petroleum will have to shop elsewhere.

Store owners at the BP gas station, 909 Coliseum Blvd. E., were notified that the store’s alcohol permit had been revoked after excise police cited the store for the sale of synthetic marijuana look-alike substances.

The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission revoked the store’s alcohol permit Wednesday.

The products were concealed in plastic eggs packaged and being sold as “Rotten Egg Car Fresheners,” according to a release from the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.

The Rotten Egg fresheners were being sold for $5 each, police said.

The store’s manager, Aman Dasson, declined to comment, but said he had spoken to his attorney, who would be looking into the situation.

In May, Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation tightening the state’s ban on synthetic drugs and synthetic drug look-alike substances.

Indiana State Excise Police officers began their investigation earlier this year after receiving an anonymous tip that the store was selling the substances.

Officers cited the store on May 24 for public nuisance and failing to maintain a “high and fine” reputation, the release said.

Dasson, 28, was also cited for dealing in a synthetic drug or a synthetic look-alike substance.

In July, he pleaded guilty to dealing in a synthetic marijuana look-alike substance, a Class A infraction, and paid a fine Monday.

A clerk told officers on May 24 that she had already sold 25 of the eggs that day.

Anyone with information about stores selling synthetic drugs or look-alike substances is asked to call the State Excise Police at 260-244-4285.

jcrothers@jg.net

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