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Shift Change cited by Excise Police after drug arrests there

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Indiana Excise Police cited the Shift Change Tavern in Burns Harbor on Friday after six persons were arrested there on drug charges.

According to a statement released today, Excise Police officers—assisted by the Porter County Drug Task Force and Burns Harbor Police—conducted an investigation into the sale of narcotics in and around the Shift Change, located at 295 Melton Road.

“As a result of their investigation, six people were arrested—two at the bar and four in nearby homes—for their involvement in the sale of narcotics in and around the bar,” the Excise Police said.

The names of the persons taken into custody were not released.

The Excise Police preliminarily cited the Shift Change with being a public nuisance, not maintaining a high-and-fine reputation, purchasing alcohol from another retailer, and refilling liquor bottles.

Also assisting in the serving of warrants were the Porter, Ogden Dunes, and Portage police departments.

“Excise officers will continue to work with local police departments to promote public safety,” the statement said. “Anyone with information on any unlawful activity at any alcoholic-beverage business may contact the local Excise Police at”

The Indiana State Excise Police is the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s enforcement division, with the primary mission of promoting public safety by enforcing the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus chiefly on alcohol, tobacco, and related laws.



Posted 3/25/2013