(NEW YORK POST) – Three men in Chicago were charged Monday for allegedly selling laced pot that can cause the eyes to uncontrollably bleed, officials said.
The suspects — Fouad Masoud, 48; Jad Allah, 44; and Adil Khan Mohammed, 44 — were arrested Sunday after they sold the drug, known as K2, to undercover agents at a convenience store where they are employed, news station WGN-TV reported.
All three were charged with conspiring to distribute and sell a controlled substance.
Authorities said the synthetic marijuana contained rat poison and was sealed in containers labeled “Crazy Monkey” and “Matrix.”
The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a warning Monday revealing the drug has caused at least 56 people to experience severe bleeding.
Some sickened by the drug were reportedly sent to the hospital with blood coming from their ears, eyes and mouth.
Two people have died as a result of the laced marijuana, according to the agency.
Experts said that emergency rooms have only recently started seeing these symptoms of the drug.
“This bleeding is not expected — at least in such a significant population so quickly,” Dr. Melissa Millewich, an ER physician, told the Chicago Tribune.