Police are continuing to wait on the test results of substances seized from My House Tobacco on 4th Street, Ellwood City, which have been sent to the state police crime laboratory in Greensburg, Pa.
According to Ellwood police, a search warrant was obtained after a man, who came forward and offered to help police after his son was hospitalized for smoking the substance, made a controlled purchase of the “tobacco.”
Ellwood City Lt. Dave Kingston said that if the test results show that the tobacco packets are a derivative of Salvia divinorum, then drug charges will be made on the store owner, whose name is not being released at this time.
Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive plant which can induce dissociative effects and is a potent producer of visions and other hallucinatory experiences. As of August of 2011, Salvia is illegal in Pennsylvania.
Lt. Kingston said that it could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for the test results to return.
Police seized a total of 53 packets of what is suspected to be synthetic marijuana – the packets have names such as “Burny,” “Puff,” “Xtreme” and “Voodoo.”