2 of 3 men charged with selling synthetic pot that killed 2 appear in court

CHICAGO -- Two of three men charged with selling synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison out of a convenience store appeared in court Tuesday afternoon.

Fouad Masoud, 48, Jamil Abdelrahman Jad Allah, 44, and Adil Khan Mohammed, 44, were arrested Sunday at the King Mini Mart on the 1300 block of South Kedzie Avenue.

Investigators said the men sold 50 to 60 packages of the drugs per day from the store.

Federal prosecutors have charged the men with conspiring to distribute and sell a controlled substance.

After the hearing, community activist Andrew Holmes called on lawmakers to ban K2, and go after those who not only sell it but manufacture it.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents made undercover buys of the synthetic cannabinoids. Federal officials say synthetic cannabinoids were packaged in sealed containers and labeled with such names as 'Matrix,' 'Blue Giant,' and 'Crazy Monkey.' Testing of the products revealed brodifacoum, a toxic substance frequently used in rat poison.

The Illinois Department of Public Health revealed Monday 56 people in Illinois have experienced severe bleeding after using the substance. Two have died.

The store was shut down.