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Police raid 'Needful Things' stores in Madison, Clarksville, Ind.

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Needful Things store on U.S. 421 in Madison, Ind., Feb. 2008 WDRB image. Needful Things store on U.S. 421 in Madison, Ind., Feb. 2008 WDRB image.
Needful Things store on Eastern Blvd., Clarksville, Ind., Aug. 2011 WDRB image Needful Things store on Eastern Blvd., Clarksville, Ind., Aug. 2011 WDRB image

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB) -- Indiana State Police and prosecutors want to know if area stores that sell synthetic drugs have been a front for drug dealing, money laundering and state tax evasion.

Troopers raided two "Needful Things" businesses in Madison, Ind., and one in Clarksville, Ind., Wednesday morning.

They also searched at least six properties and seven vehicles owned by store owner Julie Marshall and her mother, Rita Smith, authorities said.  Those were located in Indiana and in Kentucky.

Police arrested no one as a result of the raids, state police said.

Jefferson County, Ind., prosecutor Chad Lewis told reporters in Madison that officers were looking for banking and other records to substantiate their case, which includes at least one undercover drug sale from March 20 in Madison. 

Lewis specifically used the terms "corrupt business influence" and "racketeering" in describing evidence officers were seeking.  He spoke in a raw video interview posted on the Madison Courier website: www.madisoncourier.com.

The investigation by the state police Organized Crime and Corruption Unit began last October.

The city of Madison sought to close the Needful Things store along U.S. 421 nearest the Milton-Madison bridge in 2008.  Leaders believed the store violated the city's ordinance restricting sexually-oriented businesses.

That effort died after court challenges.

Police raided the Clarksville store on Eastern Blvd. last August after new state law regulated the sale of so-called "bath salts" or synthetic drugs. 

We were not able to reach Marshall nor Smith for comment.

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