The operator of a Chicago convenience store who sold illegal synthetic marijuana laced with rat poisoning was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison by a federal judge.
Fouad Masoud pleaded guilty in September to drug conspiracy for selling the illegal substance, sometimes called K2, from his West Side store. In sentencing Masoud, 49, U.S. District Judge Manish Shah said the emergence of “greedy black-market profiteers” selling K2 likely contributed to a public health crisis that included deaths.
“You didn’t know there was rat poison in it, but you also didn’t care what you were selling,” Shah said.
During the hearing, a victim testified he started urinating blood soon after smoking the synthetic pot he bought at Masoud’s store and was hospitalized. He says two years later he is still recovering from the after-effects of using the substance.
Prosecutors requested a 10-year prison sentence for Masoud, noting that over a 2 ½-year period beginning in 2015, customers lined up outside the store waiting for Masoud to arrive with the illegal substance.
Defense attorney Glenn Seiden argued his client should get a 3-year prison term, saying there was no link between the hospitalizations of synthetic marijuana users and the substance sold at Masoud’s store.
Multiple persons of interest are being questioned after three people were shot — one fatally — Wednesday afternoon in West Garfield Park, police said.
They were in a gray SUV about 1:30 p.m. when they stopped at a corner in the 300 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue and had a “verbal confrontation” with someone, Officer Michelle Tannehill, a CPD spokeswoman, said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
The person on the corner pulled out a gun and started shooting, Tannehill said. The driver, a man in his 20s, was hit multiple times. He crashed the vehicle as he drove away.
The driver was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released details about the death.
A 19-year-old man in the SUV was shot in the leg and a 15-year-old was shot in the thigh, police said. Both were taken to Stroger in good condition.
Investigators believe the shooting was connected to a “narcotics-related robbery,” Tannehill said.
Kilpatrick was taped off between Monroe Street and Jackson Boulevard as police investigated.
“Fine, you want me to tell everybody? You want me to let everybody know? Okay, fine. Nick, I let you suck my dick,” Brown said. “I let Nick suck my dick… Everybody knows you did it as a female. But, Nick you sucked my dick. Nick been sucking dick.”
It’s unclear what prompted Brown to claim that he and Cannon had a sexual encounter. Nor, is there any evidence that this is true. They both grew up as child actors and entertainers in the 1990s and 2000s. It is possible they crossed paths in some shape or form in the past.
This comes on the heels of Nick Cannon’s recent battle with longstanding foe, Eminem. On his track “The Invitation,” Cannon throws a similar shot at Eminem that Brown threw at him.
“I heard your chauffeur got a video of you sucking a cock,” Cannon raps. “You paid him off then laid him off/Now who really the opps.”
Orlando Brown’s reemergence has been marred by bizarre behavior. The actor has gone on the offensive against Raven-Symoné, claiming that they’ve engaged in a sexual relationship.POST CONTINUES BELOW
He’s also been arrested on several occasions. Some of these legal encounters have resulted in drug charges, sparking rumors of addiction. After this, Brown made an appearance on Dr. Phil in Dec. 2018 where he spoke about his battles with homelessness, mental health, and drug abuse.
Steve Greenberg is calling into question the “chain of custody” of the alleged sex tape believed to be the smoking gun in the case against Kelly, TMZ reported.
He said there’s a possibility that the tape — which allegedly shows the R&B star engaged in a sex act with a minor — could’ve been altered before it landed in prosecutors’ hands.
Avenatti, who represents several of Kelly’s alleged victims and their family members, got the damning evidence from a person who’s extorted Kelly before, sources told the gossip site.
The man recently confessed to Chicago prosecutors that the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s team forked over about $1 million to prevent the tape from going public in the past — raising the question of how the recording wound up in Avenatti’s possession.
Avenatti said he turned over two sex tapes to prosecutors but Greenberg told TMZ he’s only aware of one.
Kelly is facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of four victims, including three minors.
Avenatti, meanwhile, was arrested Monday on charges that he tried to extort more than $20 million from Nike by threatening “to release damaging information” about the sneaker giant, according to court papers.
Genealogy Records May Indicate that J. Edgar Hoover Was African-American
Was founding FBI director J. Edgar Hoover an African-American man?
Nearly 40 years after the death of founding FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, research may reveal that the crime fighting bureau chief was actually African-American according to “The Washington Post.”
“My grandfather told me that this powerful man, Edgar, was his second cousin, and was passing for white,” says Millie McGhee, an African-American relative of Hoover’s. “If we talked about this, [Edgar] was so powerful he could have us all killed. I grew up terrified about all this.”
McGhee began to uncover facts about the possibility of Hoover’s Black ethnicity after she dug through altered court records, conducted oral interviews with both white and Black Hoovers and enlisted licensed genealogists who determined that Hoover was indeed a relative of hers.
The mystery of Hoover’s genealogy has become a topic of interest recently due to the the Clint Eastwood film “J. Edgar” released earlier this month. In the film, Eastwood makes no mention of Hoover’s race, much to the chagrin of his Black relatives such as McGhee.
“Since the movie has come out, so many people have asked me why my information about Hoover’s black roots was not included,” said McGhee who has authored two books on the topic, “Secrets Uncovered: J.Edgar Hoover-The Relative” and “Secrets Uncovered : J. Edgar Hoover Passing For White?”
Do you think McGhee’s research on J. Edgar Hoover’s genealogy should have been included in Eastwood’s film?