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.