Some drug laced bread has sparked an emergency police investigation after making over 40 victims ill. Hallucinations and other serious side effects were cited from dozens of people who consumed the tainted holiday bread. The New York Daily News source sheds some light on this disturbing case this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in the hopes that people will spread the warning before anyone else catches the sickness
This Three Kings loaf is one item on the table guests do not want to eat; drug laced bread was discovered making a number of consumers quite ill recently. Santa Ana law enforcement officials formally initiated a criminal examination regarding how the bread might have become contaminated to such a degree. What is confirmed at this time is that the holiday food originated from a bakery in Orange County.
An early analysis of the bread shocked local officials after learning that the product was indeed tainted with currently unidentified drugs. The food has been cited to cause strange hallucinations, stomachaches, and more among some eaters of the holiday meal. So far, at least 40 victims have become ill and are linked with the bread. Dozens more may become sick, health officials fear.
Pending an ongoing investigation, the LA Times source reports that Santa Ana’s very own Cholula’s Bakery has been shut down until police queries into the health threat are completed. The Orange County Health Care Agency is also stepping forward to offer their assistance in solving the origins — and effects — of this matter.
Early sources on the drug laced bread scare indicated that law enforcement officials were contacted by several hospitals in the area after approximately 20 people had come in, suffering from severe symptoms. Hallucinations, stomach pains, and dizziness were some of the complaints from the victims. The tainted food was later believed to be the source of the patients’ discomfort. At the time, however, doctors noted that none of the individuals, despite their arrival at emergency rooms, warranted admission to the Santa Ana hospitals. “The one common factor was they had all eaten the same bread,” one spokesperson noted.
Police acted without delay. Cholula’s Bakery, which had originally produced the suspected tainted bread, was sealed off and temporarily closed down. Cockroach infestation was also discovered at the business site, though drugs specifically are speculated to be the cause of the 40 or so people’s illnesses. They are believed to be the root of the hallucinations.
A synthetic substance has come forth in preliminary testing samples of the product. No confirmations regarding what the drug(s) may be will be shared until the lab confirms the results. The business will be unable to open its doors again to the public until the situation is resolved and health and safety standards are met once again.
As cited by health officials, the drug laced bread was of a holiday variety, to be celebrated and enjoyed on Three Kings Day. Yet the victims who tried eating the food likely aren’t relishing the aftereffects whatsoever. The bakery distributes to a variety of nearby locations. Anyone who may have consumed the tainted product are asked to call the Santa Ana Police Crimes Department at (714) 245-8390 as soon as possible. A minimum of 40 individuals has become sick as of Friday.