A Florida family’s “LSD meat” sickened a pregnant woman, her two young children and her boyfriend, sending them all to the emergency room earlier this week after they consumed meat that had been laced with the hallucinogenic drug LSD.
According to a report on March 7 from The Associated Press, as carried by the Huffington Post, 31-year-old Jessica Rosado, who was nine months pregnant, her two children – Elyana Serrano, 7, and Rayna Serrano, 6 – and her 24-year-old boyfriend Ronnie Morales, all fell ill and experienced severe hallucinations.
Morales started to feel the effects of the drug first and was taken to the hospital. While his girlfriend and family were there, they too began to experience hallucinations, dizziness and a rapid heart rate.
The rib eye steak was purchased at Walmart, who has since issued a statement saying their meat comes prepackaged and that their employees do not handle the raw product.
The Hillsborough County Health Department’s medical examiner determined the steak contained the psychedelic drug.
“It is still under investigation how the drug ended up in the family’s meal,” according to the police statement. “At this point, it is not clear if a crime has occurred.” Police are reviewing surveillance video at the Walmart location to see if anyone from the public tampered with the meat when it was in the display case.
Medical staff at the hospital induced Rosado’s baby, who was born healthy and along with the rest of the family, are doing fine.
The meat was purchased at the Walmart located at 1501 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.
Walmart yanked the specific type of meat from their shelves in a precautionary move, and released the following statement in regards to the incident: “Like everyone else in the community, we are deeply disturbed about this situation and we are taking it very seriously. We want answers and we’re committed to working with officials to get to the bottom of this.”
Food giant Cargill supplied Walmart with the meat.
Cargill said they are cooperating with “any investigation related to the situation and know of no other additional related incidents.”
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