Authorities have arrested a man accused of selling a dangerous strain of synthetic pot to vape shop owners in Wilson and five other eastern North Carolina counties.
Wilson police assisted in executing a federal search warrant at 4511 Lake Hills Drive where 50-year-old Akram Abdel-Aziz was arrested Friday, according to police and the U.S. attorney’s office.
Abdel-Aziz is charged with possession with intent to distribute a quantity of 5F-ADB, a synthetic cannabinoid listed as a Schedule I controlled substance.
Branded as Black Magic and also sold by other names, the substance was sold as a liquid vaporizer product at vape shops in Wilson, Onslow, Craven, Cumberland, New Hanover and Pamlico counties, federal authorities said.
Law enforcement agencies learned of the product after more than 40 people required medical attention after ingesting it, officials said. Symptoms included seizures, loss of consciousness, hallucinations, paranoia and cardiac arrest.
Wilson Police Capt. Jeff Boykin said officers seized an undetermined amount of money from Abdel-Aziz’s Wilson home Friday as well as ledgers and an unknown liquid substance