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Florida Just Saw Another Suspected Bath Salt-Laden Assault

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The designer drug known as “Flakka” is in the Florida news again after a 19-year-old was arrested for breaking into a house.

Nico Gallo “cannonballed” through the window of a 55-year-old woman’s house in Stuart, Florida and proceeded to fight with the woman as her son came to her defense, The Daily Mail reported Monday.

“Sorry, I’m going to die,” the woman claimed Gallo said as he initially tried to break down her door, according to The Daily Mail.

The intruder then proceeded to smash through the window and tried to grab her, but she was able to slip away and yell for her son. The son came down and wrestled with the man, as the mother grabbed an aluminum baseball bat and started hitting Gallo over the head. She then dialed 911.

Despite being hit on the head several times, Gallo continued to fight with the woman’s son.

“I need police! Someone just broke into my house,” the unnamed woman said to the 911 dispatcher. “He broke through my window! I’m bleeding!”

Police say Gallo showed “extreme strength” and a “high tolerance for pain,” which is similar to what was seen when another Florida teen high allegedly on the bath salt-style drug exhibited when he literally tried to eat a couple’s faces and stomachs just a couple weeks prior.

A friend of Gallo’s told investigators that they had taken LSD and bath salts, a local ABC affiliate reported. Police say drugs found on Gallo’s friend contained dibutylone, which is a common drug found in bath salts.

“They’re extremely unpredictable,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said at a news conference describing the effects bath salts have on users. “Five people take it and one person goes crazy and goes on a rampage. It’s like Russian Roulette, it’s so dangerous.”

Flakka, if it contains what’s known as Alpha PVP, is a powerful designer drug that mimics the effects of methamphetamine but is even more potent. The Drug Policy Alliance says Flakka containing Alpha PVP is a “second-generation bath salt,” since the first generation has been banned, and causes “very irrational behavior at high doses.”

The Drug Enfrocement Administration has banned bath salts and placed it in a “temporary” Schedule I status, but The Drug Policy Alliance notes that makers of the drug simply alter the chemical composition to something that is either still legal, or unknown as of yet to skirt the law.

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