Baby, I don't know what kind of weed this brother was on, but I don't want that kind. The “Miami Zombie” who chewed off half the face of a homeless drifter had pot in his system — but wasn’t high on bath salts when he suddenly turned cannibal.
Toxicology tests on 31-year-old Rudy Eugene found traces of marijuana but no evidence of the street drugs that have been blamed for psychotic episodes elsewhere, the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner reported Wednesday.
Tests done by an outside toxicology firm confirmed the ME’s examination of Eugene, who was shot dead by cops after his bizzarre attack on 65-year-old Ronald Poppo.
“The laboratory has tested for but not detected any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs,” the ME reported.
“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.”
A screen grab taken from Miami Herald video shows Eugene and Ronald Poppo’s bodies after the face-eating attack. That left investigators again scratching to find an explanation for what made Eugene snap and attack Poppo on May 26.
Poppo, a homeless alcoholic who graduated from Manhattan's prestigious Stuyvesant High School, was hanging out under an overpass on a busy highway when Eugene — crazed and naked — suddenly attacked and began chewing on his face.
Police arrived and opened fire at Eugene when he would not stop - killing the maniac and apparently hitting Poppo as well. Revolted witnesses claimed Eugene swallowed several of the pieces of flesh, but none were found in his stomach during the autopsy.
The horrific attack left Poppo blind, without a nose and one eye — and turned him into the object of worldwide sympathy.
Doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital have described Poppo as “charming” and upbeat despite what happened. They said he has already weathered several skin graft operations and will need many more.
“It’s one of the most devastating cases we have seen,” said his plastic surgeon, Dr. Wroodcq Kassira. “It is going to take many, many facial reconstruction surgeries but we are hoping for the best.”
Poppo, who has been homeless for decades, is estranged from his 44-year-old daughter Janice Poppo DiBello, who lives in New Jersey. No other members of the family he abandoned have visited either, hospital officials said.