Weld Drug Task Force seizes 131 pounds of ‘spice’ in ongoing investigation of men from India living in Greeley
October 14, 2016
A Greeley man was in jail Friday, and more arrests may come, after a six-month investigation involving the Weld Drug Task Force and Homeland Security revealed that suspects had imported and distributed synthetic drugs called "spice," in northern Colorado.
According to a Greeley police news release, an undercover Homeland Security agent purchased spice — a synthetic cannaboid — from two men in Greeley, Jaspreet Singh, 22, and Gupreet Arken, 21. Singh is in custody, and it is believed Arken is in India. The so-called designer drugs are legal in many foreign countries, but they were outlawed in Colorado in 2011.
In 2012, Arken's father, Jatinder Arken, 56, was arrested for the same offense in Greeley, when police found 380 packages worth about $7,600 after an investigator was able to buy the drug at Arken's convenience store on 8th Avenue. Arken then took a deal in which he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to a year on probation. His guilty plea was withdrawn after he served that probation successfully, court records show.
In the most recent investigation, authorities searched Singh's home at 1519 51st Ave., and a home at 5245 9th St. Drive, Greeley, which Jatinder Arken owns. Authorities also searched a storage unit in Loveland, the release stated.
They found and seized 131 pounds of spice packets, or 17,000 packets from the homes and the storage unit, valued at $590,000, assuming a price of $35 per pack, approximately $70,000 in cash and two handguns, the release stated.
More warrants will be served today, the release stated.
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Homeland Security will continue the investigation because of the international connections and sources of supply that were identified. The released stated there would be no further comments on the case.