Gas station reopens as drug case proceeds, agreement reached

A Franklin gas station that was shut down twice after a drug raid is again open while the owners face criminal charges and a civil lawsuit trying to permanently seize the property proceeds.

Owners of the Phillips 66 gas station, 400 E. Jefferson St., reached an agreement with prosecutors to keep the store open. While it is open, police and prosecutors will monitor it; and the four people charged with dealing synthetic marijuana, or Spice, no longer work there on a daily basis.

The gas station was raided on Dec. 18 after police said a two-year investigation showed owners and employees were selling synthetic marijuana, or Spice. Owners Nachhattar Singh and Harinder Kaur, their adult son Veerpartap Singh and relative Rupinder Singh have been charged with multiple counts of dealing a synthetic drug.

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