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3 charged with dealing look-alike drugs

Two clerks and the owner of a Leesburg convenience store were arrested last week on charges of selling look-alike drugs and corrupt business influence, according to a statement from the Warsaw Police Department.

Katie’s Kwik Mark at 101 S. Main Street was charged with selling a substance called “iBLOWN” that tested positive as an illegal synthetic drug, police said in a statement.

Two clerks, Baljinder Singh, 23, and Pinka Singh, 29, both of Leesburg, were arrested on charges of dealing the substance, and both are being held on $2,000 bond, the statement said.

Police also arrested the owner of the store, Surjit Singh, 39, of Elkhart, on Friday on charges of dealing a look-alike substance and corrupt business influence. He is being held at the Kosciusko County Jail on $50,000 bond. The three men are not related, the statement said.

Police said they received a tip about the substance during a recent drug arrest and set up a controlled purchase to obtain it. They also served search warrants at the convenience store and at a Leesburg residence, and found 278 packets of what is believed to be synthetic drugs, the statement said.

Police said they confiscated the store’s surveillance equipment and are examining it.

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