British holidaymakers being sold 'cannibal' drug in Ibiza

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'Cannibal' drug being sold to British holidaymakers in Ibiza
'Cannibal' drug being sold to British holidaymakers in Ibiza

British holidaymakers in Ibiza are reportedly being sold a mind-bending drug that was blamed for a horrific cannibalistic attack on a homeless man in Miami.

Police believe drug dealers are pushing the drug to British tourists in the party resort of San Antonio.

The drug, dubbed 'Cannibal', is believed to be similar to the bath salts, which contain a powerful stimulant called Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), that were linked to the attack by Rudy Eugene on homeless Ronald Poppo, 65, in Miami in June 2012.

Rudy, 31, was shot dead by police after he chewed off three-quarters of Poppo's face, although toxicology tests have since shown only traces of marijuana.

According to Euro News, officers in Ibiza are now trying to rid the streets of the new drug. The head of the Anti-Narcotics Police Force in Ibiza said there has been an "outbreak of extreme violence in patients hospitalised for drug use for the last three or four days".

The drug was blamed for a recent attack in which a British tourist bit a policeman on the hand.

Matilde Fernandez, a nurse at a health centre in San Antonio, told the Mirror: "Fortunately he had gloves on and only suffered bruising.

"Police had to call back up and we ended up with eight officers on the scene."

According to the Express, anti-drugs squad chief Alberto Arean told a local radio station: "Our hope is that it was just a small batch and has now been consumed."

The news comes just weeks after health chiefs in Ibiza warned British holidaymakers they were being used as guinea pigs for the trialling of dangerous new drugs before they are peddled around the rest of Europe.

Balearics Islands health chief Raul Izquierdo warned the drugs were "especially dangerous" because of their "unknown side effects."

He added: "Ibiza is the gateway and the experimental laboratory for the new drugs that appear."

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