Authorities are investigating whether a new designer drug played a role in a gruesome Los Angeles homicide that involved a young actor.
Johnny Lewis, who appeared in the series “Sons of Anarchy,” is suspected of being under the influence of 2C -I (also known as “Smiles”) when he allegedly beat his 81-year-old landlady to death and then attacked a neighbor. The neighbor managed to escape and Lewis was later found dead by police after he apparently fell from a wall at the neighbor’s house.
A man from Jefferson County in New York was arrested last week after he took a baseball bat to the head shop where his son purchased the bath salts that he overdosed on.
Daniel Avery reportedly entered Tebbs Head Shop when it opened and requested to buy bath salts.
When the clerk showed Avery a variety of bath salt products that could be purchased, Avery “snapped” into action.
Bath salts made national headlines on May 26, 2012 in Miami, Florida in one of the most gruesome acts of violence in recent history.
A naked man was found chewing off the face of another naked man on the side of the road. When approached by police officers and ordered to stop, the suspect (Rudy Eugene) just looked at the officers, growled, and began chewing on the victims flesh again. Police officers then shot the suspect but the first shot was ignored by the suspect. The man was eventually shot multiple times and killed by the police. Both the suspect and victim were homeless at the time of the incident. The victim, identified as Ronald Poppo remains in critical condition.
The story of the man eating another man’s face in Miama last Saturday has gone viral. Rudy Eugene, the perpetrator, was most likely on bath salts according to this report from NPR.
This makes much more sense than the initial response of officer Armando Aguilar who said: “I don’t know if there’s any such a thing as good LSD out there but apparently this is really bad LSD.” LSD taken in excess can be scary for the user but typically causes them to shut down into a helpless and non threatening state.