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3 arrested in probe of synthetic drug sales

Three men were arrested Thursday after an investigation into the sale of synthetic drugs.

According to the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Division, Andrew Szabo, 27, Joseph Szabo, 34, and Derrick Banks, 36, were arrested when police served a search warrant at a home at 946 Burgess St. at 1:50 p.m.

Andrew Szabo was arrested on charges of corrupt business influence, maintaining a common nuisance and three counts of neglect of a dependent. Joseph Szabo was arrested on charges of dealing in a synthetic drug within 500 feet of a park, corrupt business influence and maintaining a common nuisance.

Banks was also arrested on a charge of corrupt business influence and maintaining a common nuisance.

Also in the home four minor children, three of whom belonged to Andrew Szabo, who were removed by investigators with the Department of Child Services, police said.

The months-long investigation was prompted by tips from members of the community. Detectives found synthetic drugs and a firearm, police said.

rgreen@jg.net

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