State Police, Marion Prosecutor Confirm Restaurant Raids Throughout State

20 Nov

by Ken Davidson

Officials are now confirming that the Indiana State Police assisted in an investigation that involved the shuttering of several restaurants throughout the State. Captain David Bursten of the Indiana State Police would only confirm that they received a request for assistance in the execution of search warrants from the Marion County Prosecutor. Those search warrants were all served on Monday. He did not have details on specific locations that were searched, but did say that multiple counties were involved. Thus, there is no official corroboration that La Carretta was a target of these search warrants.

Peg McLeish of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office says the investigation was conducted with the assistance of the her office, Tippecanoe County Prosecutor and the Indiana State Police. When asked if the restaurants would re-open, she refused to speculate. She stated there is currently no court order preventing any restaurant from re-opening.

This is a breaking story and we will continue to update you as details become available. If you or a family member works for one of the closed restaurants, we would love to hear from you. Write to the Gazette at or use the submit a tip button above.

UPDATE: The Gazette has spoken with the manager of at least one restaurant that was closed on Monday by the Indiana State Police. El Rodeo mexican restaurant in Richmond, Indiana will open as usual at 11:00 am today. When asked if they were closed on Monday, the employee stated “yes, for a little while.” He stated that he “did not know anything about it” when asked for further details.

This is a continuing story, we will keep you posted. See the update here Margaritas Flow Again at La Carreta

la caretta closed

A sign on the door indicates that La Caretta is closed

11 Responses to “State Police, Marion Prosecutor Confirm Restaurant Raids Throughout State”

  1. Donna Marie via Facebook November 20, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    i cant view the link

  2. The Northwest Indiana Gazette via Facebook November 20, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Donna we were having problems with a plug-in. Hopefully that is resolved now. The link should work. Please let us know if you experience any difficulty.

  3. The Northwest Indiana Gazette via Facebook November 20, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Thank you very much for letting us know.

  4. Nicole Singer Sanders via Facebook November 20, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    I went there once, the food was gross, never went back again.

  5. Kenneth Stevenson via Facebook November 20, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    I wonder when they will get to NWI. There are a few restaurants and bars around here in our high end suburbs that serve as hard drug distribution points. Even more deal in marijuana. Its in more places than you think, even in towns with top notch police departments. They probably don’t know but they would if they put a plan together to look for it. It would be simple to catch them in the bars. Its a lot more behind the scenes in the restaurants.

  6. The Northwest Indiana Gazette via Facebook November 20, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Kenneth Stevenson I do not want to speculate but there are limited issues for which the Marion County Prosecutor would issue a warrant. That certainly is one that crossed my mind.

  7. Alicia Sanders via Facebook November 20, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    The giant margaritas had to be a ploy. You’d get a mean buzz going before you got your food and would think you were eating the best food in the world. Go there sober and tell me the food is good. Nope. I went 1 time and that was it. Never understood the hype when there’s so many other Mexican places to chose from. When you go to a Mexican restaurant, and you don’t see any Mexicans eating there? LEAVE!

  8. Hannah November 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Have eaten at La Caretta many times. Excellent food and drinks, but it was always dirty in the establishment. Also found a strand of hair in my rice and beans once. đŸ˜¦

  9. Heidi L. Steinman via Facebook November 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    I want to know why they’re closing the restaurants. Sanitation? Permits outdated? INS – since the one in Richmond is aMexican restaurant too? It never mentions WHY.

  10. Anonymous November 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Where will Harlow get free food?


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