Lifestyle & Belief

Face-eater Rudy Eugene had no bath salts in system


This handout image provided by the Miami Dade Police Department shows Rudy Eugene, the 31-year-old man who was shot dead by police as he ate the face of a homeless man during Memorial Day weekend in Miami.


Miami Dade Police Department

The Miami-Dade medical examiner found only marijuana in the body of Rudy Eugene, 31, the man who allegedly chewed off the face of 65-year-old Ronald Poppo.

The medical examiner's office said on Wednesday that Eugene's toxicology was complete, according to NBC Miami.

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"The department's toxicology laboratory has identified the active components of marijuana," the office said in a statement. "The laboratory has tested for but not detected any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs. This includes cocaine, LSD, amphetamines (Extasy, Meth and others), phencyclidine (PCP or Angel Dust), heroin, oxycodone, Xanax, synthetic marijuana (Spice), and many other similar compounds."

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The Associated Press reported that the medical examiner also ruled out the most common ingredients in bath salts, the street drug suspected of causing the psychotic behavior that made Eugene attack Poppo.

Eugene was caught May 26 by a Miami Herald security camera chewing off the face of Poppo on the MacArthur Causeway, according to the Miami Herald. He was shot dead by Miami police after refusing to stop the attack.

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The Herald also reported that Poppo is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. About 50 percent of his face, including his forehead and cheek, was affected during the attack, and he has an infection, brain injury and a puncture wound to his chest, according to NBC.

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