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Tobacco, other stores raided in Onslow Co. over illegal vape oils; arrest made

Onslow County Black Magic raids (Onslow County Sheriff's Office photos)

Multiple agencies were busy on Friday conducting raids of 18 tobacco, vape and alcohol serving establishments in Onslow County over vape oil that contained controlled substances.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office reports the 18 establishments were part of another raid that included four others in the Fayetteville area. The raid included members of the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, Jacksonville Police Department, Richlands Police Department, Swansboro Police Department and NCIS. The products labeled as “Black Magic”; “Pure Magic”; “White Knight”; “Black Diamond”; and “Zen” tested positive for Schedule I controlled substances, officials said.

The stores which were raided on Friday included:

-- Tobacco Leaf- 343 Western Blvd, Jacksonville

-- Sahara Hookah Lounge- 917 N. Marine Blvd, Jacksonville

-- Speedy’s Drive Thru- 357 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville

-- Prince Tobacco- 1796 Gum Branch Rd, Jacksonville

-- Moe’s Mart- 2105 Belgrade Swansboro Rd, Maysville

-- Highlands Tobacco- 835 Piney Green Rd, Jacksonville

-- OJ’s Tobacco & Vapor- 8900 Richlands Hwy, Richlands

-- One Stop Shop- 501 Corbin Ave, Jacksonville

-- Nash Market- 237 New River Dr, Jacksonville

-- Highway 24 Tobacco- 1448 W. Corbett Ave, Swansboro

-- Drive Thru Mini Mart- 2729 Commerce Rd, Jacksonville

-- J& N Grocery- 1142 Beulaville Hwy, Richlands

-- Sun House Vapor 7 Tobacco- 2840 Richlands Hwy, Jacksonville

-- Hubert Tobacco- 393 Hubert Blvd, Hubert

-- Super-Fast Drive Thru- 1005 N. Marine Blvd, Jacksonville

-- Expressway Mini Mart- 1261 gum Branch Rd, Jacksonville

-- Reid’s Mart- 461 Hubert Blvd, Hubert

-- Best Exxon- 2945 Richlands Hwy, Jacksonville

On Friday, the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern N.C. District announced the arrest of Akram Abdel-Aziz, 50, on drug related charges stemming from the raids. He is charged with a criminal complaint with the possession with intent to distribute 5F-ADB, a synthetic cannabinoid listed as a Schedule I controlled substance, typically called "Black Magic." Officials said it was sold at vape shops in Onslow, Craven, Wilson, Cumberland, New Hanover and Pamlico counties.

Officials said the product came to the attention of authorities following more than 40 persons requiring medical attention after ingesting the product, for symptoms such as seizures, loss of consciousness, hallucinations, paranoia, and cardiac arrest.


Below is a press release with more information.

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In May 2017, members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), Drug Enforcement Unit, received a documented complaint, regarding a possible controlled substance being sold labeled as “Black Magic”. According to the complaint, the vape type oil labeled “Black Magic”, which was being sold at a local tobacco store, Sun House Tobacco & Vapor Store, located at 2840 Richlands Highway.

Members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Unit conducted two controlled purchases, utilizing an undercover agent, buying a 5 ml bottle of a suspected controlled substance, labeled “Black Magic” on each occasion. The two items of “Black Magic” were sent to the North Carolina Crime Lab for testing.

During 2017 the Jacksonville Police Department received complaints regarding “Black Magic” being sold in local tobacco shops. Officers had also begun seizing the substance during traffic stops and began an investigation. The Jacksonville Police Department and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office then began working a joint investigation along with NCIS.

In September 2017, the two lab reports for the “Black Magic” items were received back from the NC Crime Lab, revealing positive results for a Schedule VI controlled substance. The substance reported in this lab report was listed as follows; N-[[-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazol-3-yl]carbonyl]-3-methyl-D-valine, methyl ester (5-fluro ADB, 5-fluro MDMB-PINACA) or its isomers, an indazole carboxamide- Schedule VI; AKA: “5F-ADB”. On December 1, 2017, North Carolina law was amended, changing this substance from a Schedule VI, to a Schedule I controlled substance. The substance listed above was previously listed as a Schedule I controlled substance within federal law.

In October 2017, members of the OCSO, NCIS, and Jacksonville Police Department (JPD), began a joint investigation into multiple establishments in Onslow County that were suspected of selling “Black Magic” vape oil. Information has revealed that multiple medical emergencies were reported with symptoms ranging from hallucinations, loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, chest pains, disorientation, and loss of memory. The investigations have revealed the individuals who experienced these symptoms reported using vape oil labeled as “Black Magic”; “Pure Magic”; “White Knight”; “Black Diamond”; and “Zen”.

Between October 2017 and February 2018, members NCIS, OCSO, and JPD conducted controlled purchases of vape oil labeled as “Black Magic”; and/or “Pure Magic”; and/or “White Knight”; and/or “Black Diamond”; and/or “Zen”. During this time, purchases were successfully made at (18) different tobacco and alcohol establishments within Onslow County.

Investigators also learned during this investigation that similar medical issues occurred in other counties, using some of the same labeled vape oils. One particular incident occurred where a subject passed out while smoking one of these vape oils, causing the person to pass out and strike his head on the concrete floor, causing a fractured skull and a traumatic brain injury. Another documented incident revealed a subject who was operating his motor vehicle while consuming “Black Magic” type vape oil, passed out and wrecked his motor vehicle into a telephone pole. Additionally, Investigators learned that these types of vape oils were being sold in Wilson, Goldsboro, and Fayetteville.

In December 2017, members of the OCSO responded to Swansboro High School, regarding a student who used a vape pen cigarette from another student, and passed out in the classroom. Investigation into this incident revealed the juvenile student had used a vape pen from a friend, which contained “Black Magic” vape oil. The remaining portion of the “Black Magic” product was collected as evidence. The owner of the vape pen containing “Black Magic” stated that he purchased the “Black Magic” from Highway 24 Tobacco. Investigators also received information from Swansboro Police Department, who reported a 75-year-old male subject who purchased “Black Magic” from Highway 24 Tobacco Store, resulting in the 75-year-old going into cardiac distress.

The products labeled as “Black Magic”; “Pure Magic”; “White Knight”; “Black Diamond”; and “Zen” tested positive for N-[[-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazol-3-yl]carbonyl]-3-methyl-D-valine, methyl ester (5-fluro ADB, 5-fluro MDMB-PINACA) or its isomers, an indazole carboxamide- Schedule I controlled substance.

In December 2017, Investigators were able identify the source of distribution for the vape oils labeled as “Black Magic”; “Pure Magic”; “White Knight”; “Black Diamond”; “Zen”. The source of these products has been identified, and is subject of this investigation.

On 04/13/2018, members of NCIS, OCSO, and JPD executed (18) search warrants at eighteen tobacco and alcohol serving establishments in Onslow County, and (4) search warrants were executed in Fayetteville, North Carolina.(

This in presently an on-going investigation, and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Sheriff Hans Miller states “This case is one of the many examples that shows that illegal drugs are able to infiltrate every level and class of citizens. From the high school student to the senior citizen, drug dealers are finding ways to attack the moral fiber of our community. I am excited to say that through the continued cooperation of multiple agencies, the Sheriff’s Office was able to make an impact today. I am proud of the members of the community who brought their concerns to our agency and of the cooperation of the multiple agencies involved in this investigation.”

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273.

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