Nancy McCleary Staff writer @FO_McCleary
State and military authorities raided four businesses near Fort Bragg on Friday seizing synthetic cannabinoids and arresting four men.
“We started this investigation after receiving complaints from citizens, law enforcement and military officials,” said Special Agent Jason Locklear of the state Alcohol Law Enforcement. “ALE and U.S. Army CID executed the four search warrants in Cumberland County.”
CID is the acronym for Criminal Investigation Command.
[ARRESTED: Cumberland County felony arrests]
Synthetic cannabinoids are used in vaping products in addition to or in place of cannabinoid, or CBD, oil. When mixed with certain chemicals, the oil can cause side effects including headaches, seizures, hallucinations and death, authorities said. Not all CBD oils have the mind-altering chemicals, Locklear said.
The real danger, he said, is that vaping products are not regulated and the altered CBD oils can be put into lollipops, gummie candies, waxes and liquids used in e-cigarettes.
As of Jan. 1, possession of synthetic cannabnoid is a felony offense.
Earlier this year, Army officials identified vaping products, such as electronic cigarettes and similar devices, as