Apex teen died after taking 'N-bomb,' not LSD - WRBL

Apex teen died after taking 'N-bomb,' not LSD

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Timothy Castaneda was found unresponsive in a wooded area behind Beaver Creek Cinemas in the Beaver Creek Shopping Center on Oct. 6, 2012. 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 Timothy Castaneda.

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 LSD."

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 Castaneda.

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.

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