A 29-year-old woman died in Harlem River Park in East Harlem early Thursday morning, after a night reportedly spent drinking and smoking K2—a chemical-laced potpourri, also known as synthetic marijuana. The drug has been widely available in the area for some time now.

The combination of high-profile raids at area bodegas and a heightened NYPD presence on the blocks surrounding East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue appears to have somewhat curtailed local sales of K2, which has been known to cause seizures and hallucinations. Governor Cuomo's office recently stated that the drug, which often sells for as little as $2 a packet, caused more than 1,900 hospitalizations in New York state between April and June of this year.

According to an NYPD spokeswoman, officers responded to Harlem River Park near the corner of East 129th Street and Lexington around 7:00 a.m. on Thursday. The 29-year-old female victim was found unconscious and unresponsive, and was pronounced dead on the scene.

The News reports that a friend of the victim alerted officers near the park, and told them that the victim had been up throughout the night drinking and smoking K2. She had vomited, and was not breathing. According to the tabloid, a preliminary police report cited K2 as the cause of death. However, reached by phone, a spokeswoman for the department could not confirm this, and deferred to the Medical Examiner's office. That office's assessment of the cause of death is reportedly inconclusive.

We have reached out to the ME's office for comment, and will update with any additional information.

A new piece of City Council legislation would prohibit the manufacture or sale of K2, with violators facing up to $5,000 in fines, a year in jail or both.