Betty Crocker would be appalled.
Ordinary baking flour was being passed off as "cocaine," police say, by a trio of Lakota Freshman School students.
The three 15-year-old boys were arrested yesterday and were taken to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances.
The three also had emptied powder from energy supplement capsules and were calling that "hashish," police Lt. David Tivin said this morning.
Hashish is a derivative of the cannabis plant, which produces marijuana, and can be added to tobacco. It has relaxing and perception-altering effects.
The investigation began Thursday when one of the three students climbed aboard a school bus reeking of freshly smoked marijana, Tivin said, adding, "The smell of marijuana permeated throughout the bus."
The bogus drugs came to light as a result of the investigation that followed the teen's arrest.
Along with the fake drugs, "there was a small amount of marijuana that was real," Tivin said.
Jon Weidlich, spokesman for Lakota Schools, said a handful students approached school officials to tell them about the drugs.
While not commenting on this particular case, he did say, "In this sort of situation, students are suspended from school with a recommendation for expulsion."
Lakota Fresham School Principal Keith Kline also has sent an e-mail to parents.
"This week, several of our students witnessed a classmate who passed what appears to be illegal drugs to a second student," he wrote. "Our students immediately reported this information to school administrators and, as a result, the situation was quickly resolved. The offending students were promptly removed from school and we were able to continue with our school day. As a precaution, we temporary locked down our building so that we could partner with the West Chester Police canine unit to search other areas of our building."