BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) - A deadly batch of synthetic marijuana circulating around the counties of Jasper and Newton has killed three people and sent many others to the hospital, according to officials with the US Attorney's Office.
"It's killing them now! Now! In a matter of minutes they walk out in the middle of the road and crash. Dead right there, now!" said Newton County Sheriff Billy Rowles at a news conference held Wednesday at the U.S. Attorney's office in Beaumont, according to ABC affiliate KBMT.
The three who died were the ages of 24, 25 and 32, according to KBMT.
"It is made with chemicals in southeast Asia or China. It does not have the normal quality control. Emergency rooms are seeing overdose treatments that are increasing by the day," said US Attorney Brit Featherston.
Anyone with information on what is being called an "epidemic" is urged to call their local law enforcement.