No Bath Salts…Only Pot! | South Carolina Drug Crimes Attorney

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South Carolina Drug Crimes AttorneysThe “Miami Cannibal” was not high on bath salts after all.

Rudy Eugene, the 31 year old Miami man accused of eating off the face of a homeless man, had no traces of any drugs other than marijuana in his body. Eugene stripped naked and began chewing the face off of Ronald Poppo, a 65 year old homeless man. Eugene was shot dead by police when he refused to stop chewing Poppo’s face.

An autopsy was conducted on Eugene to investigate further the motive behind this weird event. The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office, as well as an outside toxicology firm, confirm that Eugene’s autopsy revealed there were no “street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any other adulterants found in street drugs,” according to the Medical Examiner’s documents.

The Medical Examiner and toxicology firm tested for drugs like LSD, Ecstasy, Meth, PCP, heroin, oxycodone, Xanax , synthetic marijuana, among others.  So why did Eugene turn into a cannibalistic monster? That answer remains unknown.

As for Poppo, he was left blind, missing a nose and one eye. He is currently receiving treatment and recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Doctors describe him as upbeat and charming given the circumstances. He is currently undergoing skin graft operations with several complete but still needing several more. Doctors call his case one of the most devastating cases they have seen.

Poppo has been homeless for decades and is estranged from his 44 year old daughter, Janice Poppo DiBello of New Jersey. No members of his family have attempted to contact him or visit him since the incident.

South Carolina Drug Crimes Attorney

Are you accused of marijuana possession, possession of of bath salts, or any other drug crime? Contact the South Carolina drug crimes attorney at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation.

About Pete Strom

Defending criminal charges including drug crimes, DUI, CDV, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, and juvenile crimes, Pete also handles Federal and State investigations. Representing individuals in Civil Matters including Class Actions, Personal Injury, Qui Tam Actions, Defective Products, Nursing Home Neglect, and Professional Licensing Defense cases. Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr., the managing partner at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., has been fighting for justice since 1984.


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