NP eatery among defendants in lawsuit

NEW PALESTINE — A Mexican restaurant raided last November is one of dozens named as defendants in a civil forfeiture lawsuit filed in Tippecanoe County.

El Jaripeo, which opened in New Palestine in early 2013, was one of many restaurants throughout the state that were targeted in the raids. Police confiscated more than $3.4 million during the operation statewide, and the lawsuit, filed by the Tippecanoe County prosecutor’s office, seeks to keep the cash.

The lawsuit accuses the restaurants’ owners and other parties in the businesses of obtaining the money illegally.

Paperwork filed in Tippecanoe County lists a seizure of $337.05 from the raid at El Jaripeo at 38 W. Main St. in New Palestine  and named Antonio Salgado Pastrana as a defendant.     

While the suspects in the statewide raids on Nov. 18 have not been charged with crimes and the cases are still under investigation, the suit claims the defendants should forfeit the money.

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