PERU — Officers from the Indiana State Excise Police and Peru Police Department arrested a convenience store owner on several drug-related charges on Wednesday.
Officers served a search warrant at Peru Stop & Go, 452 W. Main St., Peru, looking for evidence related to the sale of counterfeit goods.
The arrest was the result of a four-month investigation into counterfeit goods and drug sales. The investigation began in November 2013 when officers saw what appeared to be counterfeit merchandise in the store, according to police reports.
Officers seized approximately 20 grams of suspected synthetic marijuana, hundreds of items of paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency from the BP-branded store.
Officers also searched a residence at 6 N. Holman St. in Peru, where they also seized more suspected synthetic marijuana and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency, police report.
As a result of this investigation, store owner Amin Ali Saleh, 36, Peru, was arrested on preliminary charges of -possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of look-alike substance, dealing in synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers say they are continuing their investigation into possible counterfeiting and forgery.
Anyone with information concerning violations of Indiana law anywhere that alcohol or tobacco products are sold should contact the State Excise Police at 765-362-8815.
Officers were assisted by Miami County Prosecutor Bruce Embrey throughout the investigation.