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Dozens Sick and Hallucinate After Eating Religious Bread Laced With Synthetic Drug

January 11, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Dozens Sick and Hallucinate After Eating Religious Bread Laced With Synthetic Drug

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Dozens were sickened, some suffering hallucinations, after eating religious bread from a cockroach-infested California bakery that was laced with a synthetic drug, authorities said.

At least 40 people were taken ill after eating Three Kings Day bread, also known as Rosca de Reyes, baked by Cholula’s Bakery in Santa Ana, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Three hospitals reported to police they had treated several people who came to their ERs complaining of hallucinations, palpitations and breathing problems.

“The one common factor was they had all eaten the same bread,” said Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

The bread, which is baked with an edible baby Jesus inside, is eaten to celebrate Three Kings Day.

“It felt as if I was in another dimension,” said Fidelina Gutierrez, a cashier who ate some of the bread sold at her store. “I could feel it closing my throat,” she told the Orange County Register. “It was bad, bad, bad.”

Cholula supplied the tainted bread to at least 12 markets, police said. It has been closed pending a criminal investigation.

A 60-year-old reported fainting after eating the bread. Other victims included a father, his teenage daughter and his 4-year-old son, who said they were nauseated and felt as if they had been drugged, KNBC-TV reported.

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