Court docs: Gas station workers sold drugs in exchange for food stamps
ANDERSON, Ind. – An investigation resulted in the arrest of three people accused of letting customers buy drugs at a Madison County gas station using food stamps.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Madison County Drug Task Force investigated the matter, using three undercover criminal informants to buy drugs from SB Gasway at 2754 E. 100 South in Anderson.
The informants allowed workers to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards in exchange for drugs, investigators said.
4 Fast Facts
- Three people arrested in undercover investigation
- They’re accused of essentially selling drugs to customers in exchange for food stamps
- The workers used customers’ EBT cards to buy soda at other stores
- They then provided customers with drugs in exchange
It worked like this: a criminal informant would take an energy drink from the counter and employees would take their EBT card to another store to buy a large amount of soda for the store’s inventory.
In exchange, the informants received drugs, including hydrocodone, buprenorphine (suboxone) and synthetic narcotics, according to court records. The store would then be able to sell the soda without having paid money out of its own pocket.
The transactions were caught on audio and video surveillance; the purchases on the EBT cards ranged between $100 and $600, according to court documents.
Arrested in the case were 46-year-old Buta “Sunny” Singh, 51-year-old Amrik “Rick” Singh and 42-year-old Angela Michelle Stoops. While Buta Singh was the primary focus of the investigation, Amrik Singh ran some of the cards and Stoops went to other stores to buy soda, court documents said.
Buta Singh was charged with five felony counts of dealing a Schedule II controlled substance, two felony counts of dealing a Schedule III controlled substance, two felony counts of aiding, including or causing the dealing of a synthetic drug and four misdemeanor counts of welfare fraud.
Amrik Singh was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor welfare fraud and Stoops was arrested on a count of misdemeanor welfare fraud.