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South Beach cannibal Rudy Eugene was not high on bath salts when he attacked Ronald Poppo, says medical examiner

5:21 PM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
Rudy Eugene (left) and victim Ronald Poppo (Credit: CBS/Miami-Dade Police Dept.)
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MIAMI, Florida (CBSMiami) - Rudy Eugene, the South Beach who ate the face off a homeless man he attacked along the MacArthur Causeway, was apparently  not high on bath salts or any other exotic street drug at the time of the attack, according to a report released Wednesday by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner.

The much-anticipated toxicology report released by Medical Examiner Dr. Bruce Hyma found marijuana in Eugene's system, but no evidence of  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.

GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Pictures of the South Beach cannibal victim

Hyma's office also specifically ruled out Bath Salts, a class of synthetic drugs that have been known to cause bizarre behavior and overheating of people who use them, two things that made some believe Eugene's cannibalistic behavior was to blame on the drugs.

"The department has also sought the assistance of an outside forensic toxicology reference laboratory, which has confirmed the absence of "bath salts," synthetic marijuana and LSD," the report said.

"Within the limits of current technology by both laboratories, marijuana is the only drug identified in the body of Mr. Rudy Eugene."

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