CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)—April 3, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser
The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Fouad Masoud (48), Jamil Abdelrahman Jad Allah (44), and Adil Khan Mohammed (44) conspired to sell the synthetic cannabinoids, known as “K2,” at King Mini Mart in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. Multiple people recently experienced adverse symptoms after using “K2,” including unusual bleeding, after using synthetic cannabinoids obtained from the store, the complaint states. Some of these individuals recently sought treatment in Chicago-area emergency rooms, the complaint states.
The complaint indicates that Masoud, of Justice, Jad Allah, of Justice, and Mohammed, of Chicago, with conspiracy to knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, a controlled substance.
The drug conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
According to the charges, the three defendants worked at King Mini Mart, located in the 1300 block of South Kedzie Avenue in Chicago. Last week, undercover law enforcement officers purchased K2 from Jad Allah and Mohammed inside the store, the complaint states. The synthetic cannabinoids were packaged in sealed containers and labeled with such names as “Matrix,” “Blue Giant,” and “Crazy Monkey,” according to the charges. Preliminary testing of some of the cannabinoids purchased by the undercover officer revealed a detectable amount of brodifacoum, a toxic substance frequently used in rat poison, the complaint states.
The public is reminded that a complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.