A man is in custody after allegedly selling a drug known as Black Magic in several eastern North Carolina counties, including New Hanover.
According to a US Department of Justice news release, Akram Abdel-Aziz, 50, is charged with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled substance. The release said Abdel-Aziz sold 5F-ADB, a synthetic cannabinoid also known as Black Magic, as a liquid vaporizer at vape shops in New Hanover, Onslow, Craven, Wilson, Cumberland and Pamlico counties.
More than 40 people required medical attention after ingesting the product, which is how authorities became aware of the product, the release said. Symptoms included seizures, loss of consciousness, hallucinations, paranoia and cardiac arrest.
In Onslow County, deputies responded to a report of a student at Swansboro High School using the product and passing out in a classroom
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