Zombie Apocalypse: Bath Salts Use on the Rise as New Miami Man ‘Growls’ at Police
The talk of an imminent “Zombie Apocalypse” is not going anywhere as another Miami man, believed to be under the influence of bath salts, “growled” at police officers yelling “I’m going to eat you!” and reportedly tried to bite them.
The incident comes on the heels of the infamous face-eating attack by the “Miami Zombie” two weeks ago at Miami’s McArthur Causeway near the The Miami Herald building.
According to reports, North Miami Beach Police witnessed 21-year-old homeless Brandon De Leon having a verbal argument with another man at a local Boston Market on Saturday.
When the officers arrived, De Leon apparently looked over at them and yelled "F*ck you!" with his middle finger out. Officers then arrested De Leon for disorderly conduct. However, while in the patrol car, he repeated banged his head against the Plexiglas and yelled "I'm going to eat you."
The biting part reportedly happened once at the police station, with De Leon trying to bite the officer who was taking his blood pressure. According to police, the man also "growled” and opened and closed his jaw slamming his teeth “like an animal would," continuing to bark, growl and smash his head against his cell’s wall.
De Leon was then put in leg restraints and a bite mask.
Police said De Leon was in possession of rum and energy drink "Four Loko" when arrested. It was then discovered that he was under the influence of a type of bath salts called "Cloud 9," which the report described as an "incense type substance that can be smoked” producing “numerous levels of impairment."
In the meantime, Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) praised pending legislation proposing a nationwide ban on bath salts. "Dangerous drugs like bath salts are terrorizing our communities and destroying lives," he said in a statement. "Stricter measures must be taken to stem the growing prevalence of bath salts and other new designer drugs."
The number of calls to poison centers concerning "bath salts" rose 6,138 in 2011 from 304 in 2010, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. More than 1,000 calls have been made so far this year.