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Florida man was found biting off bits of face after stabbing man to death, deputies say


A Florida man shocked the nation when he was found eating a man's face in Miami, introducing the world to the drug known as bath salts.

On Monday night, another Florida man reportedly bit off pieces of his victim's face after stabbing John Joseph Stevens III and Michelle Mischon to death.

Deputies found a 21-year-old man, identified as Florida State University student Austin Harrouff, biting off parts of a man's face in Tequesta, TC Palm reports. It reportedly took multiple deputies, a K-9 unit and "as much force as physically possible" to get the man off his victim.

I wouldn't be surprised to find out if it was Flakka.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder

It's unclear what led to the stabbing and cannibalistic attack. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder implied it might be flakka, a synthetic drug known to cause violent reactions.

Deputies also said a witness tried to intervene, but was also stabbed and hospitalized. 

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2015, file photo made available by the Broward Sheriff's Office, Fla., shows confiscated vials of flakka. A synthetic drug that ravaged South Florida a year ago has disappeared as quickly as it arrived. Broward County became infamous a year ago as the epicenter for flakka, a synthetic street amphetamine that caused psychotic outbursts. (AP Photo/Broward Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

So what's flakka?

Flakka is a synthetic drug that is most often found in Florida. It can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed, Business Insider reports. Chemically, it's known as alpha-PVP.

It's a stimulant, like cocaine or amphetamines. But flakka has a lot of weird side effects, including making your body temperature spike dangerously high.

It also leads to delusions, like one man who thought he was Thor and tried to have sex with a tree. The drug had mostly disappeared in 2016 after spiking in popularity during the summer of 2015. 

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