By Carson Gerber
---- — PERU — Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested two men Thursday in an ongoing investigation into the sale of drugs and counterfeit goods at a Peru convenience store.
Police arrested Amin Ali Saleh, 31, Peru, on a warrant for counterfeiting, and Khalil Ali Saleh, 35, Peru, on a warrant for forgery and counterfeiting.
Miami County Prosecutor Bruce Embrey, who assisted in the investigation, said the employees and owner at Peru Stop & Go, 452 W. Main St., were making and selling clothing, including hats and shirts, that counterfeited brand name companies.
“They were selling a whole bunch of knock-off stuff,” he said.
On March 26, State Excise Police and the Peru Police Department served a search warrant at Peru Stop & Go to look for evidence related to the sale of counterfeit goods after a four-month investigation.
During their search, officers seized around 20 grams of suspected synthetic marijuana, hundreds of items of paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency from the BP-branded store.
Store owner Amin Ali Saleh was arrested on preliminary charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of synthetic marijuana or a lookalike substance, dealing in synthetic marijuana or a lookalike substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He now faces an additional charge of counterfeiting.
A third man, Yassin Ali Shayef Saleh, 35, Peru, remains wanted on preliminary charges of forgery and counterfeiting in connection with the investigation.
Embrey said the store is now open, but cannot sell lottery tickets after the Hoosier Lottery removed its equipment from the store.
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.
Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @carsongerber1.