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Miami Face-Eating Cannibal Was On Marijuana NOT Bath Salts, Rules M.E.

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Jun. 27 2012, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

The man who attacked a homeless man and ate his face in a cannibal zombie-style attack sparked a nationwide controversy over the danger of bath salts, but the medical examiner's report revealed on Wednesday that there was no sign of the synthetic drug in his system – only marijuana.

“The department has ruled out the most common drugs found in ‘bath salts,’" a press release from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s office announced, reported the Miami Herald.

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The official findings debunk the speculation that Rudy Eugene, 30, was on the toxic mind bending concoction when he was found laying naked on homeless man, Ronald Poppo, on a Miami, Florida causeway last month while chomping on his flesh in a gruesome Silence of the Lambs style rampage.

As previously reported, Eugene was shot dead by police after refusing to back down and growling when approached. His victim is still recovering in the Jackson Memorial Hospital where doctors are waiting to see if he is eligible for a full face transplant.

The statement from the M.E.'s office went on to reveal that the toxicology testing “has identified the active components of marijuana. 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 (Ecstasy, Meth and others), phencyclidine (PCP or Angel Dust), heroin, oxycodone, Xanax, synthetic marijuana (Spice), and many other similar compounds.”

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Due to the new nature of the drugs they suspected were in Eugene's system, the medical examiner's office said it sought the help of an outside forensic toxicology lab, “which has confirmed the absence of ‘bath salts,’ synthetic marijuana and LSD," adding that “within the limits of current technology by both laboratories,” marijuana was the only drug found in Eugene’s system.


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