ISP raids spice operation, almost 1.5K pounds of finished, unfinished product confiscated

NEW PALESTINE, Ind. - State police said investigators raided a major spice operation Friday afternoon in New Palestine.

Indiana State Police (ISP) said at roughly 3:30 p.m. Friday, troopers and officers from the Indianapolis office of Homeland Security Investigations served a search warrant at 4556 County Road 650 West in New Palestine, Ind. Investigators said they found a synthetic cannabis manufacturing and distribution site.

ISP said earlier in the month, officers executed search warrants at a residence and warehouse in the Indianapolis area. Information from that raid led investigators to the New Palestine location, which ISP said is being rented by people that have yet to be identified. ISP said no one from the residence was present during the execution of the search warrant.

Officers said they found two “out” buildings that were being used for the manufacturing and distribution of synthetic marijuana, or spice. ISP said investigators found more than 500 pounds of finished product that was ready for packaging, and 800 pounds of unprocessed flower plant material, along with packaging material.

“This appears to be one of the largest, if not the largest, synthetic cannabis operations discovered in Indiana to date,” Indiana State Police Detective Taylor Shafer said. “Finished product sells for $20 to $30 for 3 to 5 grams. This operation had over $2.4 million in finished, ready-to-be-packaged material.”

No arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding this case or any illegal drug operation can call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. You can remain anonymous.

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