Twilight Boutique Owners Charged with Felony Drug Trafficking

Confiscated K2 tested positive for banned chemicals

The owners of  on Prospect Road have been charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs after tests on K2-type products they were selling showed they contain illegal chemicals.

The 586 packs of "herbal incense" -- sold under names like K2 and Spice -- were confiscated in a police raid March 2.

Linndale Sgt. Tim Franczak, whose department spearheaded the raid, said store owners Sean and Sherry Lightner each posted $50,000 cash bonds Tuesday and were released from custody.

They are each charged with a first-degree felony for selling products that contain an analog of the .

The products are marketed as herbal incense, but kids and young adults roll the vegetable matter -- which is treated with chemicals -- into cigarettes and smoke them for what they call "a legal high."

K2 and other synthetic marijuana disappeared from the shelves briefly after the ban, but were replaced by similar products containing slightly different chemicals.

Franczak said lab tests showed the products Twilight Boutique were selling contained an "analog chemical" that was substantially similar to the banned ones.

"That's why we have the federal analog law," he said. "We're trying to get ahead of the chemical curve."

According to Franczak, an undercover officer from Linndale purchased an herbal incense product at Twilight earlier this year that was found to contain an illegal chemical.

Linndale then got a search warrant, which it executed March 2, confiscating not only the incense packets but hundreds of pipes and other smoking implements.

Company representatives have steadfastly denied the charges, saying the products being sold at Twilight Boutique were legal.

The DEA banned the chemicals after growing evidence the they were unsafe and have led to thousands of emergency room visits.

In February, two teens at  mall called for an ambulance . 



Matt April 12, 2012 at 01:49 PM
how does Linndale have the authority to do this? im not mad, i just dont understand. Can someone explain?
tom m April 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Linndale made the arrests because an investigation that started in Linndale led them to Twilight, but Linndale worked in conjunction with Strongsville on the case
Mary Jane April 13, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Oh yes let's pick and choose what chemicals people are allowed to put in their bodies. Trans fats served thru school lunches and at everyfastfood place in town are fine enough to allow? Children ingesting soda all day long - thats ok too? Here's an idea LEGALIZE IT!!! And regulate it (this means no minors - only 21 & up)!! A natural medicinal plant available instead of unhealthy chemicals (yes this includes the perscribed opiates as well). Tax it and create great jobs with American manufactured hemp products, paper, textiles, plastics, biofuel.
tom m April 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Coming from someone who has a screen name of mary Jane ....one of my friends have been smoking pot for over 30 years and it has not affected him at all ...then again he still lives at home waiting for his parents to die so he can inherit their house
Zach Catania April 14, 2012 at 07:41 PM
This is ridiculious!! It's a vicious circle that the Feds absolutely LOVE to take part in!! Stop thinking about the victims for just a second, and think about the SYSTEM that is so ingeniously creating this monetarily profitable business. It's a black market created by our government. We all know that Cannabis will NOT kill you OR make you sick (it, in fact, does quite the opposite). However, these chemicals are....just THAT...they are CHEMICALS. Created in a test tube somewhere. NOT OF THIS NATURAL EARTH! Wake up people!! Our monetary system has been trying to divide and conquer for many many years, and it's simply NOT WORKING! With all of that said, LEGALIZE THE GANJA, and get ALL of this insanity over with! ASAP!!! Maybe legalizing cannabis can actually be a step towards obtaining what our Native People already had so righteously integrated into their system. Love the EARTH. Question everything else
thomas j hill April 17, 2012 at 03:40 PM
the people who run this business don't care about anything other than money. they don't care about your children, those who have been injured, the counter culture they claim to advocate, the community, or even their EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPLICATED IN THEIR WRONG DOING. even now they deny their responsibility for introducing this filth to the community while they devise new ways to reintroduce their poison to the city. they are scum to the fullest degree and deserve punishment for the atrocities they have committed against the greater Cleveland area.
jeff richards April 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Love twilight and will keep supporting them. Would you people rather have empty buildings that don't collect any tax revenues?
jeff richards April 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
actually they don't carry stems or any other crack pipes. your statement borders on slander
jeff richards April 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM
that it's America and people have a right to conduct legal businesses.
tom m April 21, 2012 at 01:57 PM
so jeff what you are saying is that you should be allowed to open a candy store and sell heroin out of it ....and the city should leave you alone because they will have another empty building and would lose tax revenue if they arrest you for selling the illegal heroin
RD June 02, 2012 at 12:11 AM
As I see it, they purchased an analog substance similar to a banned substance. Any good lawyer will get this thrown out of court. I live close to the the store and once owned a business in the same plaza. I never had a problem with the business being there. There are a lot worse things being legally sold to our children. If the govenment finds it necessary to ban substances SIMILAR to illegal substances, then ban trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, most prescription medicine, alcohol, tobacco, and anything else that is legal and more harmful to us.
Mackenzie Paige June 15, 2012 at 01:16 AM
You're all pretty dumb if you think they're the ones who give these to kids. Kids get older adults to buy it for them, kids make the stupid decision to smoke it, so KIDS should be the ones punished. I've been in and out of that store, and quite frankly, they are VERY professional about there jobs. Whether or not the people who buy the glass use it for tobacco. They don't refer to the pipes as bowls, or the water pipes as bongs, they kick people out who talk about/make references pertaining illegal drugs. They're doing their jobs just how you do yours. Get over yourselves if you're going to blame Twilight for children being young and stupid, and not being able to realize what's right and what's wrong.
Mackenzie Paige June 15, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I agree Jeff. I love twilight and all of their employees.
joe simonton June 15, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Mackenzie Paige, no we are not dumb at all, twilight was a head shop nothing more and nothing less.
Mackenzie Paige June 15, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Well if people would understand that there are worse things out there than k2, they wouldn't be blaming a damn store. Because these stores will keep developing and they will be developing all over. So they need to get voer it.
tom m June 15, 2012 at 03:24 AM
well mackenzie I see you just used THE LINE ...there are worse things out there than k2, is usually followed by there are worse things out there than pot..... which is followed by there are worse things out there than coke....which is followed by there are worse things out there than heroin ...etc...etc...etc
andy anderson June 19, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Are the police only going after these people because they don't want to go after real non-taxpaying crooks? dopers,pimps,heroin dealers?
jimmy jim joe August 15, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Did Linndale read the federal analog law? It states you must prove the substance was for human consumption. Sound familiar anyone? Had the words not for human consumption been written any larger on those 500 packages, I could have read them in the parking lot. Mission accomplished. Twilight booted out of Strongsville. You folks in Cuyahoga County should be worried. You already point out what linndale does to motorists on I71.
Jean Williams August 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM
wow your very first post about a dead issue, you do know they LEFT strongsville on their own not "booted out" also jimmy jim save the not for human consumption excuse NOBODY believes that they were just "herbal incense"
jimmy jim joe August 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM
The strongsville police and DEA raided twilight in 2011. They were railroaded out of strongsville. I'm sure Sean himself would say so, only he is not that stupid. The police roll up (from a different jurisdiction) to this guys business and confiscate everything and its a dead issue? Did they pay him for the things they took? Especially Linndale, they steal money from other city's already by patrolling areas of I71 not located in their city.
jimmy jim joe August 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM
You people up there are either brainwashed or just plain stupid. Makes me chuckle a bit when I read stuff like this and remember it's exactly why I MOVED. No
Jean Williams August 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM
thank you for moving
Timothy D December 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM
All I have to ask is this honestly what are tax dollars are paying for? busting head shops for some fake weed garbage. There's about a million other much harder and deadly in our streets right now being sold and traded like it's Halloween candy. And news flash: the DEA is ever going to cut off demand for drugs, especially by imprisoning much of the United States population in this charade known as the War on Drugs. How about spending that money helping the children of PRESCRIPTION PILL ADDICTS or ALCOHOLICS? Those are just two huge problems ravishing our nation caused by LEGAL SUBSTANCES. Yet this is what the DEA and local police choose to spend their time and resources on; this fake weed crap.
Timothy D December 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM
And by the way, that stuff wasn't even marketed towards kids. These types of shops check IDs no matter what they sell. If you're upset about your kids winding up with this stuff, how about blaming yourself for your own parental shortcomings before you blame a damn store.
JohnnyCakes January 02, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Shutting these guys down doesn't really change anything. Herbal incense is easy to get on the Internet. The real solution is to make it illegal, but to bring it out in to the open and promote honest discussion. Personally, I like herbal incense. I research different types at http://smokingblendreviews.com and order some every couple months. Regardless of where you stand on drug use, we should be looking for solutions, and bans are probably not going to have much effect.
just somegirl February 21, 2013 at 08:44 PM
also they don't sell to kids. stores like that check your i.d. at the door and when you purchase to see that the customer is 18+ yr. and anyone dumb enough to smoke something known to be loaded with all kinds of chemical crap deserves to lose their taste and smell sensations.
just somegirl February 21, 2013 at 08:46 PM
amen, mary. people fear what they don't understand. people don't understand what they are too lazy to actually research. brainwashed masses...
just somegirl February 21, 2013 at 08:49 PM
tom, this was a smoke store selling smoking devices. not a wolf in sheep's clothing. and yes, look at strongsville. drive down pearl road. see all the disgusting over-development and empty buildings. look at the loss of trees and greenery all over the city. the city developers and leaders are the ones who only care about money and don't give a damn about the citizens' well-being. open your eyes.
nburd March 14, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Lol blameing the store. ur a parent rite act like it. A kid is gunna do wat a kid wants to do.its not the store .blank
nburd March 14, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Smoke weed!!!!!!!!!!!!420


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something