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DEA agents arrest Chicago store owner, two employees for selling rat poison-laced synthetic marijuana

April 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
DEA agents arrest Chicago store owner, two employees for selling rat poison-laced synthetic marijuana

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U.S. Drug Enforcement agents arrested the owner of a Chicago convenience store and two employees for selling synthetic marijuana linked to two deaths.

According to a Justice Department press release, 48-year-old Fouad Masoud and 44-year-old Jad Allah, both of suburban Justice, and 44-year-old Chicago resident Adil Khan Mohammed were charged with conspiring to distribute and sell a controlled substance.

Federal prosecutors said DEA agents made undercover buys of the synthetic cannabinoids at Masoud’s store on Chicago’s Westside.

Officials say the synthetic marijuana were packaged in sealed containers and labeled with such names as ‘Blue Giant,’ ‘Crazy Monkey,’ and Matrix.’

Testing conducted of the products revealed a toxic substance frequently used in rat poison called brodifacoum.

On Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced two deaths that were linked to the synthetic marijuana and 56 people in Illinois experienced severe bleeding after using the drug

It wasn’t immediately clear if the three suspects have hired attorneys who could comment on the charges.

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