Synthetic marijuana raid suspects want money, gold returned

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

Two convenience store owners who were arrested in a synthetic marijuana raid in Elkhart County last year want to get some of their money back.

Jaswinder Kaur and Gurcharn Singh, the owners of four of six convenience stores shut down as a result of the raids, are charged with multiple counts of dealing in a synthetic drug, money laundering and one count of corrupt business influence.

Police had seized safety deposit boxes containing more than $2 million in cash and gold during the raids, and the court later entered an order of forfeiture for nearly $25,000 dollars of that money, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners, The Elkhart Truth. The boxes belonged to Kaur and Singh.

But attorneys for Kaur and Singh argue that the property and money were seized in St. Joseph County. They filed a motion to dismiss or transfer the case or the assets to St. Joseph County, The Truth reported.

An evidentiary hearing to decide whether the case should be transferred is set for May 6 in St. Joseph Circuit Court.