December 27, 2014

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Grafton store owners indicted for allegedly selling fake pot

CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

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The Grafton owners of a chain of head shops have been indicted on federal charges accusing them of selling illegal synthetic marijuana out of their stores, including one in Elyria.

According to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach, Sean and Sherry Lightner, both 38, were selling the synthetic drugs, known as spice or K2, at their Twilight Boutique stores.

They also were selling drug paraphernalia such as bongs and rolling papers out of the shops they operated themselves. They also had franchised a Lakewood location to Dale Drummond, 39, of Cleveland, which he operated and also sold synthetic drugs out of, according to the news release. Drummond also faces charges in the case.

Prosecutors also alleged that the Lightners presented laboratory reports to others, including their employees, that indicated that the synthetic drugs were legal.

Also charged in the case are Mark Picard, 32, of Whittier, Calif., and Nathan Albright, 28, of Glendale, Ariz., who allegedly sold synthetic drugs through their out-of-state companies.

The news release said prosecutors hope to seize $225,000 and property in Grafton from the Lightners.

Read Friday’s Chronicle for more on this story.