Head shop locked up

The doors of Sandusky head shop Twilight Boutique were shuttered Thursday afternoon amid news a federal grand jury indicted the chain store’s owners.
Courtney Astolfi
Dec 13, 2013
Sean and Sherry Lightner, both 38, of Grafton, were indicted for conspiracy to distribute synthetic cannabinoids, otherwise known as spice or K2. The indictments were handed down in the U.S. Northern District Court in Toledo.

The Lightners own 10 Twilight Boutiques in Ohio and one in New York. They’re accused of facilitating the sale of synthetic cannabinoids from both their headquarters in Grafton and the various boutiques across Ohio.

They also allegedly presented lab results to their employees explaining the products sold in Twilight stores did not contain controlled substances, or substances that mimicked illegal drugs, the indictment stated.

The local Twilight Boutique, located in the Sandusky Plaza on Cleveland Road, was raided by Sandusky police in May 2012.

Sandusky police Detective Lester Peters said information gathered during that raid likely helped federal investigators with the indictment.

The Sandusky raid was one of many puzzle pieces in the case.

At a January meeting between federal authorities and police detectives from each jurisdiction where Twilight Boutique stores are located, investigators brought each other up to speed in their respective cases.

“And, quite frankly, we haven’t heard much since then” Peters said.

At about 5 p.m. Thursday, the lights were turned on inside the Cleveland Road head shop, but its doors were locked. Phone calls to the store went unanswered.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Dirksen is prosecuting the case.

The investigation involved countless federal, state and local agencies, including the DEA, the IRS, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and law enforcement from Lorain County, Medina County, Portage County, Cuyahoga County, Linndale, Lakewood, Cleveland, Ontario and Sandusky.

Comments

BabyMomma

What came of all the chaotic raids on Fourplay? Heard they dropped every charge.

whattheBucks

Read the headline kinda got a little excited, then saw the comment about the fourplay,misunderstanding on my part, shut them all down !

BabyMomma

I say get rid of the synthetics and let the hippies have their head shops back.

Peninsula Pundit

Right you are, Momma.
If the organic stuff were legal, there'd be no market for this synthetic crap. I wouldn't touch it, regardless.
The owners here may have been falsely arrested, as the manufacturers do change the chemical makeup slightly to stay a step ahead of the product being deemed 'illegal'. Most likely, that's why the owners went to the trouble of instructing their employees on the chemical makeup of the product they were selling, to that end.

Nemesis

All because busybodies want to tell other people what they can and can't put in their own bodies. So much for a free country.

White Owl

Perhaps this raid is meant to be a distraction from much more serious drug trafficking?

Peninsula Pundit

Perhaps. A drug bust is a drug bust in the year-end statistics and the police don't have to worry about getting shot by the clerk in the store.

Darwin's choice

"The investigation involved countless federal, state and local agencies, including the DEA, the IRS, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and law enforcement from Lorain County, Medina County, Portage County, Cuyahoga County, Linndale, Lakewood, Cleveland, Ontario and Sandusky."

What, no Homeland security, Border Patrol, or Coast Guard involved?

WAR on drugs.....Right!

So, 50,100,150? Law enforcement being employed for the WAR on drugs?

It's time for that "Change" America!

Concerned For A...

If people actually believe that these synthetics aren't just as addicting or dangerous as other drugs on the streets, you're sadly mistaken! This stuff is absolutely horrible for you. My son and his friends thought it was harmless. My son was a star wide receiver and defensive player, baseball, basketball, and even track player and runner. Had been in sports since the second grade. This crap took everything away from him and our family. He had black slime in his lungs from it. He was an honor roll student, then after this crap barely graduated from an alternative school. The way this stuff alters your mind is truly stunning. I strongly urge any parent that thinks or knows you child is using this stuff to please seek help for them. People think it's just synthetic pot, how harmful can it be? VERY!!! People still selling this stuff are just another version of a crack, pill, or heroin dealer!

deertracker

You are so right! This stuff is like poison!

BabyMomma

You're not going to get an argument from me. The real thing is 1,000% safer than anything synthetic. I'm sorry you and your family had to go through that. Addictions ruin more than lives than just the addicts.

Nemesis

"This stuff is absolutely horrible for you."

No one's disputing that. However, until you show that people are being forced to use the stuff at gunpoint, there's no legitimate reason for government to get involved.