FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission revoked a Fort Wayne store’s alcohol permit Wednesday. The release from the ATC is below:
The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission revoked a Fort Wayne store’s alcohol permit Wednesday after an excise police investigation into the sale of synthetic marijuana lookalike substances.
As a result, Coliseum Petroleum, a BP-branded gas station, at 909 E. Coliseum Blvd., will no longer be able to sell beer and wine.
The store’s manager, Aman Dasson, 28, of Fort Wayne, also plead guilty to dealing in a synthetic marijuana lookalike substance, a class A infraction, in Allen County Superior Court 5. Dasson paid a monetary fine on Aug. 19 in that case.
Indiana State Excise Police officers began their investigation at Coliseum Petroleum in earlier this year, when they received an anonymous tip that the store was selling synthetic marijuana lookalike substances. These synthetic drug lookalike substances were made illegal by legislation authored by State Senator Jim Merritt and signed into law by Governor Mike Pence on May 7, 2013.
After a month-long investigation, excise officers cited the store on May 24 for two administrative-law violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code: public nuisance (drugs) and failure to maintain a high and fin reputation. Dasson was also cited for dealing in a lookalike substance. The products, which were hidden in plastic eggs labeled as Rotten Egg Car Freshener, were being sold for $5 each. On May 24, the store’s clerk told excise officers she sold 25 of the eggs already that day.
Anyone with information on stores with synthetic drugs or lookalike substances can provide an anonymous tip to the State Excise Police at 260-244-4285.
As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.
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