Six more men have been arrested in the “Black Magic” vape oil investigation that saw 18 Onslow County, North Carolina businesses raided on Friday, April 13, 2018. Authorities also served four warrants to businesses in Fayetteville.
On Monday, charges were laid against Walid Nagi Hasson, Zakarya M. Mashrah, Ghamdan Al Muluiki, Yunus Naji, Sameer Alzaokari, and Adbulmalek Al-Sabhi.
Akram Abdel-Aziz was arrested on Friday.
All have been held on bonds ranging from $10,000 to $55,000.
The arrests were made at Speedy’s Drive Thru, Hubert Tobacco, OJ’s Tobacco & Vapor, and Nash Market tobacco, alcohol, and vape stores in the Onslow County area.
The charges include possession with intent to manufacture/sell/ deliver Schedule I substance, felony conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with other charges.
Schedule I class includes drugs like heroin, LSD, and cocaine that have a high potential for abuse and are not prescribed for medical use. Despite its medical uses, and the fact that it is legal in some states, marijuana is also classified as a Schedule I drug.
Black Magic Investigation
Officials with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, Naval Criminal Investigation, Jacksonville Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Richlands Police Department, Swansboro Police Department, and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement have been involved in the year-long investigation.
Police were alerted last fall to possible trafficking of Black Magic after more than 40 local members of the public were negatively affected following the use of vape oil sold by certain businesses.
Symptoms related to Black Magic use reported to local emergency rooms included acute kidney injury, chest pain, loss of memory, hallucinations, breathing difficulties, disorientation, and loss of consciousness. The illicit drug can lead to brain damage and seizures.
In one case, a teenager lost consciousness after borrowing a friend’s pen. Police later tracked down the source of the tainted vape oil to a local tobacco store. Vape oil sold from the same business also caused an older man to suffer cardiac distress after use.
What Is Black Magic?
Black Magic, also known as “Spice” and “K2,” is an illegal Schedule I controlled substance, referred to as SF-ADB. It may also be sold, and labeled, under the names: “Pure Magic,” “Black Diamond,” “Zen,” and “White Knight.”
The drug’s synthetic chemicals can mimic tetrahydrocannabinol, the same substance found in marijuana, to affect one’s concentration, memory, time perception, and pleasure receptors.
Black Magic is registered as a synthetic cannabinoid class of drug. It is commercially labeled as potpourri or herbal incense. As the components are chemically combined, users usually ingest it through smoke inhalation. The drug is absorbed by a plant material to be used in an electronic cigarette, water pipe, or pipe, or rolled in paper, similar to a cigarette.
Most packaging contains a “not for human consumption” warning. However, most labels refrain from listing health and safety risks to enable the manufacturing company to avoid criminal charges. These cannabinoids are available at corner stores and online.
The North Carolina investigation team has found Black Magic to be rising in popularity due to its easy access, cheap price, and the fact that it may go undetected by some drug tests. Teenagers, military personnel, athletes, and business professionals are drawn it because of this lack of detection.
In this recent vape oil case, 88 bottles of cannabinol oil (CBD), 32 marijuana packages, 52 bottles labeled “Zen,” one bottle labeled “Black Magic,” 72 “White Knight”-labeled bottles, 100 bottles labeled “Pure Magic,” and 219 bottles of an unknown substance were seized. Also uncovered was cash in the amount of nearly $40,000.
The investigation into the possession and trafficking of the drug is ongoing with more arrests pending.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.