No arrests yet: A large detached garage behind this home in the 4500 block of South CR 650W was packed with materials related to the manufacture of spice, a synthetic form of marijuana. Police are searching for the occupants of the home; no one was home when police arrived. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)
Spice factory: An investigator, wearing protective gear as a precaution, looks over the large cache of materials that police say was a storehouse and manufacturing base for synthetic marijuana. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)
NEW PALESTINE — Indiana State Police raided a New Palestine residence Friday afternoon that housed what investigators are calling the biggest spice manufacturing operation they’ve ever seen.
Officials at the scene Friday estimated about $2.4 million worth of the synthetic cannabinoid more commonly known as spice was being stored in a detached garage in the backyard of a home in the 4500 block of South CR 650W.
Police said they were led to the property after serving a search warrant in Marion County last week. That raid uncovered hundreds of pounds of spice and spice-making materials in a warehouse police believe was mainly used for packaging and distribution.