Man charged with selling contaminated cannabis product that sickened people

A 50-year-old man has been charged with selling a cannabis product that sickened dozens of people who used the substance, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh reported Friday.

Akram Abdel-Aziz has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a synthetic cannabinoid known as 5F-ADB, said Robert J. Higdon Jr., the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, in a news release.

The substance, known by the label “Black Magic” and other similar names, was sold as a liquid vaporizer product at vape shops in Onslow, Craven, Wilson, Cumberland, New Hanover and Pamlico counties.

The illicit product came to the attention of federal authorities following reports of seizures, loss of consciousness, hallucinations, paranoia and cardiac arrest by consumers who needed medical treatment, Higdon said.

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