23 people in the Loma Hermosa area have died from snorting poisoned cocaine believed to have been deliberately adulterated due to a feud between rival drug gangs. 20 people remain in hospital and unbelievably other people went back later to snort some more and were then admitted to hospital.
The first reports of what happened to those who ingested the drug suggests the tainted cocaine had an abrupt, almost immediate effect leading to violent convulsions and in some cases, acute heart attacks.
“The doctor attending him was surprised that other kids had haemorrhaged to death, some in the lungs,” recounts Beatriz.
The brother-in-law of María Morales, 41, is “intubated and in serious condition.” He took cocaine with friends in the small hours of Wednesday.