Station owners to pay $88,000

The owners of a Franklin gas station charged with selling synthetic marijuana agreed to pay $88,000, part of which will go to police and prosecutors; but they will get to keep their business.

Nachhattar Singh and his wife, Harinder Kaur, agreed to the settlement in the forfeiture case, in which the city was seeking to take ownership of the businesses, cars and other property that was seized during a December raid. The settlement is among the largest payments ordered in a forfeiture case in the past 20 years, Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.

About $40,000 of the settlement is being paid to the Franklin Police Department, while $17,000 will go to the prosecutor’s office. Those funds can be used for new equipment or training for officers or prosecutors who work on drug cases. The remainder, about $31,000, will go toward legal fees.

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