Suspected K2 Overdoses Leave 25 Hospitalized In Brooklyn; 3 Arrested

May 20, 2018 - 11:15 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Suspected K2 overdoses left 25 people sickened in Brooklyn this weekend.

Three people have been arrested.

As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported, the first call came in at 6 p.m. outside the Big Boy Deli at Myrtle Avenue and Broadway and went on for several hours at the scene and elsewhere.

A man named Adam was nearby.

“So I saw a bunch of police cars and ambulances standing on one of these roads,” he said.

All 25 people went to the hospital after taking what police believe was K2, or synthetic marijuana.

Another man, also named Adam, said it is a persistent problem in the neighborhood.

“There are people just passed out around. They’re just either, you know, they might be laying right here; right outside my apartment,” he said.

Three people were arrested inside the deli early Sunday, police said. They were identified as Raddwan Alsaidi, 24; Marcial Bortez, 26; and Ashras Rayshani, 22.

All three were charged with possession of untaxed cigarettes and failure to report sales tax, police said. Bortez was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

The overdoses happened in the same area where 33 people were suspected of overdosing on K2 in 2016.