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U.S. Marshals searching for man accused of distributing K2 in Austin

44-year-old Salah Said Omar El-Hennawi is accused of distributing K2 in Austin. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

Austin Police and EMS have been dealing with K2 overdoses downtown for months, now the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is looking for one of the men charged with bringing the synthetic drug into Austin.

44-year-old Salah Said Omar El-Hennawi is one of six people accused in connection with the outbreak.

"He is the delivery man. He's the man who transported these narcotics," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla.

Austin Police have responded to dozens of K2 overdoses in the last year, most of them near the ARCH homeless shelter downtown.

"It pretty much exhausted the resources of emergency medical services as well as the fire department, which then led to overcrowded emergency rooms here in Austin," said Filla.

El-Hennawi is one of six people charged, and the last who hasn't been arrested. He had a food truck business in Houston, but authorities believe someone in Austin may know where he is.

"The likelihood of him having some contacts here in Austin to where he distributed, hopefully those viewers out there know of him, know his background and may reach out to law enforcement to provide that type of assistance," said Filla.

If you have any information about El-Hennawi's whereabouts, call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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