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Convenience store bust leads to pair of "White Girl" drug arrests

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Priya Patel (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail) Priya Patel (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)
Rikeshkumar Patel (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail) Rikeshkumar Patel (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)

Two Evansville convenience store workers are accused of dealing illegal synthetic drugs.

Investigators with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force arrested 30-year-old Priya Patel and 26-year-old Rikeshkumar Patel.

Authorities say the shop had a secret system that allowed K2 and bath salts to be sold out of the back of the store.

This bust isn't the only one authorities have been working on.

Detectives say the convenience store at Burdette and Pollack was a 'kwik stop' for drugs.

"Almost everyone in the neighborhood figured something was going on there," said neighbor Michael Day.

Michael Day lives on Burdette.

"A lot of people will go up there and buy something and when they walk back they don't have anything in their hands," he said.

Drug investigators says the store was a depot for synthetic marijuana known as K2, or Spice.

And detectives say the shop sold a bath salt called "White Girl."

Bath salts are homemade drugs, known to be especially dangerous.

"People are just going totally out of their minds, hallucinating, having psychotic episodes and if you've ever seen anyone on it it's terrible," said EPD Lt. Tim Everly.

Investigators say this bust is just the beginning. Four or five other stores in Vanderburgh County are also currently being investigated for selling similar drugs.

Detectives say clerks like the ones at Kwik Stop have gotten creative.

"They actually had a system set up where you had to have a card, so you either showed the people the card, or they had to know who you are," Lt. Everly said.

But authorities say the shop on Pollack made a 'kwik' sale to the wrong person this week. Two employees now arrested on felonies.

"This block was a lot better before that store opened, I hope they close," Day said.

The store does risk losing it's retail merchant certificate.

Prosecutors could not comment on this case because it is on-going. Currently the store is still open.

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