- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Five bodegas in Brooklyn were raided by police following a mass overdose in which 33 people were sent to the hospital after apparently ingesting the drug K2, also known as synthetic marijuana.

No K2 was found at the bodegas on Wednesday, but police say several people were arrested on charges of selling improperly taxed cigarettes.

A day earlier, witnesses reported seeing victims lying on the sidewalk, shaking and leaning against trees and fire hydrants in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. They say K2 use in that part of Brooklyn is out of control.

The production and sale of the drug was outlawed in the city in October 2015.

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