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Ex-store manager pleads guilty in bath salts case

MUNCIE, Ind. – A former eastern Indiana convenience store manager who was arrested last year during police raids on stores suspected of selling synthetic drugs known commonly as bath salts has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.

The Star Press reports (http://tspne.ws/11Lml7Gt) that a man calling himself both Kumar “Mike” Venod and Phulbir “Mike” Singh faces up to three years in prison if a judge accepts the plea agreement entered in Delaware County court on Tuesday. Sentencing was scheduled for April 29.

Singh pleaded guilty to corrupt business influence as part of a plea agreement under which prosecutors dismissed five other charges.

Singh was one of eight men arrested last June following the raids on convenience stores and one gas station.

Three cases related to last June’s raids are still unresolved.

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