Buyers Accused of Exchanging Stolen Property for Drugs

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 5:40pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 8:36am

It was a surprise visit for several Indian Lake residents.

One arrest and several citations were written in Indian Lake last night. This after officers conducted a special operation targeting five houses whose occupants the law suspected were up to no good. A recent string of burglaries in Indian Lake triggered the action.

"Mostly bicycles and small household items that can easily be sold," said Indian Lake Police Chief John Chambers.

But, officers found a little bit of everything from a possibly stolen marijuana pipe, to watches and flat screen TVs.

While the investigation into these burglaries is still underway, police are almost certain it's definitely got a tie in to drugs.

The chief says in the past purchasing drugs primarily happened outside the tiny town, now business seems to be moving in to town.

"Now we are having a few people in town selling illegal drugs and people are actually coming to Indian Lake," said Chief Chambers.

And authorities believe those buying drugs are bringing this stolen property in exchange for drugs. Police confiscated not only prescription pills and marijuana but also unknown substances that they'll sent off to the DPS lab for testing.

For now the Indian Lake Police Department is trying to identify who the property belongs to. Authorities also say more arrests are pending.

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