Timothy Castaneda was found unresponsive in a wooded area behind Beaver Creek Cinemas in the Beaver Creek Shopping Center on Oct. 6, 2012.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
An Apex teen who died in 2012 after taking what friends said
were two hits of LSD had the designer drug "N-bomb" in his system.
A report by the state medical examiner lists
"complications of 25I-NBOMe toxicity" as the cause of death of
25I-NBOMe is a psychedelic drug more commonly known as
"N-bomb," "Smiles" and "25I." Like LSD, N-bomb
may be distributed in liquid form on blotter paper.
Apex Police found the 17-year-old former Apex High School
student unresponsive in a wooded area behind Beaver Creek Cinemas in the Beaver
Creek Shopping Center on Oct. 6, 2012. He died a week later.
A friend of Castaneda called 911 shortly after his friend
collapsed after taking the drug. The caller said Castaneda was "on
When they arrived, EMS responders described the teen as "pale
and cyanotic, hot to the touch, with pupils dilated to the point where no iris
was showing." He was also unresponsive and having a seizure.
Castaneda was transported to Rex Hospital and then transferred
to WakeMed, where he died seven days later. Doctors said he "never regained
meaningful neurologic function" while hospitalized.
The report called Castaneda's death an "accident."
Police arrested and charged Ryan Laches, who was 17 at the
time of Castaneda's death, with two counts of selling a controlled substance to
Police said Laches gave Castaneda a drug at a party that
day. A search warrant said Laches was trying to "drum up business" by
handing out free hits of a drug.
Laches is scheduled to make his next court appearance on these charges on Oct. 9.