NEW PALESTINE — As part of a monthlong joint state and federal investigation, police are raiding a home in New Palestine that is believed to be a major manufacturing center for synthetic cannibinoid, also known as Spice.
Authorities converged on the home in the 4500 block of South CR 650W in New Palestine at about 6 p.m. Friday. There, they found evidence of a large manufacturing operation. Police said it was one of the largest such facilties that had ever seen. Tami Napier, Hancock County chief deputy prosecutor, said the operation likely was worth in excess of $3 million.
Authorities are still trying to identify the occupants of the home. No arrests of have been made.
Dozens of bins believed to be packed with the synthetic drug, known for its marijuana-like high, could be seen stacked in a large detached garage at the residence. Bales of dried flowers — a key ingredient in the manufacture of the substance — could also be seen nearby.
Indiana State Police brought a semi-trailer truck to the scene to remove evidence.
More details will be added to this story as they become available. Complete coverage will appear in the weekend edition of the Daily Reporter.