Loading...
Build the wall, or end Well Fare. Either one will work for me...

Wilson deputies seize vape liquid made with synthetic pot

20180213-213035-Vape_Stores_4.jpg

Several packages of Black Magic were confiscated Tuesday from four Wilson County vape stores. Officials say the vaping liquid is made with illegal synthetic cannabinoids.

Loading…

By Olivia Neeley
The Wilson Times

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WILSON — A couple of weeks ago, Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard received several complaints from worried parents. Their children were behaving strangely and throwing up.

Woodard got word that high-schoolers were purchasing a substance called Black Magic from local vape stores. The liquid substance, sealed and packaged in a vial, is inhaled through an e-cigarette vaporizer pen.

“It was making them sick,” Woodard said.

Woodard said detectives immediately began an investigation into the unknown substance being sold. He said after several undercover controlled purchases, they sent the Black Magic packages off to the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation for further testing. The results were consistent with cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as well as synthetic cannabinoids, which are illegal under state law. Synthetic marijuana products are listed as Schedule I controlled substances.

On Tuesday, detectives executed search warrants at four vape stores in Wilson — 252 Tobacco Shop, Vapor Plus, Smoker’s Palace and Kick Ash Vape Lounge.

Officials spent the afternoon confiscating multiple packages of Black Magic from those businesses. Officials said they seized a total of 50 dosage units of Black Magic.

“Our main objective now is to get it off the shelves,” Woodard said.

No charges have been filed against the owners of the four stores, but officials said the investigation is ongoing.

Woodard said he wanted to get the illegal product off the shelves so that kids could not purchase and use it.

“And make the people at the store aware how serious this issue is,” he said.

Woodard said he also wanted parents and others in the community to be aware of the danger and share information about the vape liquid.

He said the Black Magic product being sold at those stores did not list ingredients on the back of the package. And the packaging states, “legal in all 50 states.”

“Kids were going in and purchasing this stuff,” Woodard said. “We didn’t waste any time. It’s good that we were able to stay on top of it before we started seeing cases at our hospitals. Kids were throwing up, getting very high and displaying unusual behavior.”

Woodard said people need to be aware that many vape liquids do not disclose their true contents and are not only dangerous, but could be deadly.

A few days ago, authorities in Concord arrested two vape store owners for allegedly selling bottles of cannabidiol, or CBD oil. The investigation came after more than a dozen students went to the hospital after ingesting the substance, according to local news outlets.

Woodard said parents’ concerns and calls to the sheriff’s office sparked the investigation and called it a prime example of the community working with law enforcement to solve an issue.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

Crime and Rescue

December 11, 2018 - 44 minutes ago

Gunshot wounds from a drive-by shooting sent a man to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Greenville Police Department.

Greenville officers responded to a home on 1807 S. Greene St. about 4:50 p.m. where they found a 20-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported…

December 11, 2018

SHARPSBURG — A former police lieutenant is suing the town of Sharpsburg in federal court, claiming ex-Police Chief John Hunt discriminated against her and fired her due to a disability.

Lynette Clements, who is now chief of police in Whitakers, filed an amended complaint on Thursday in U.S.…

20180625-235018-sharpsburg_1_6-26-2018_DW.JPG

December 11, 2018

Approximately $450 of clothing was stolen from Belk on Saturday night before being recovered, according to a case report released by the Greenville Police Department. 

The incident took place between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Belk, 714 S.E. Greenville Blvd, according to the report.

Items listed…

December 10, 2018

A Grifton man has been arrested and charged with operating an illegal liquor house.

According to the Grifton Police Department, a three-month investigation resulted in the arrest of Larry Garrett, 61, of 6917 Cross Creek Drive. 

Garrett Garrett was charged with six counts of…

December 10, 2018

Greenville Fire-Rescue responded to more than 412 fire and EMS calls from Nov. 29-Dec. 5. Following is a breakdown:

FIRE CALLS

Nov. 29

■ 12:33 a.m. — unintentional alarm system activation at 705 E. 10th St. Cleared 12:53 a.m.

■ 3:24 a.m. — public service at 1920 Exchange Drive. Cleared…

December 09, 2018

A 28-year-old Greenville woman was charged with driving while impaired after she crashed into the side of another car while making a wide right turn into the parking lot of the Speedway gas station. 

The crash happened on Nov. 29 at 9:44 p.m at the Speedway located at 3202 E.…

120918whiddon.jpg

December 08, 2018

She loved life and loved her family and always had a smile on her face. 

She was a bright 27-year-old who worked hard to provide for her three children, ages 9, 7 and 4.

And when she stepped into a room, if you were sad, she would crack a joke to make you laugh and let you know everything is…

120718vigil-2.JPG

December 08, 2018

A 22-year-old woman was the victim of an attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon on Thursday, according to a case report released by the Greenville Police Department. 

The incident took place in a parking lot on the 1400 block of Westpointe Drive between noon and 12:22 p.m. on Dec. 6, the…

December 07, 2018

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies arrested a 48-year-old man on Friday on child sex charges.

Santiago Hernandez-Islas, of 7709 Stantonsburg Road, Farmville was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child. 

According to an arrest warrant, Hernandez-Islas…

120718Hernandez-Islas

December 06, 2018

A 34-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint after he was invited into a room at the Camelot Inn on Tuesday, according to a case report released by the Greenville Police Department. 

The incident took place about 12:10 p.m. at the hotel at 2828 S. Memorial Drive. The victim told officers he…

251 stories in Crime and Rescue. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 26
        Next Page»   Last Page»