Brandon De Leon, 21, a homeless North Miami Beach man, was placed under arrest while under the influence of bath salts and reportedly tried to bite a police officer after he became disorderly and angry.
According to NBC Miami, Leon growled and tried to bite an officer on Saturday and faces charges including disorderly conduct and resisting an officer with violence.
Leon remains in jail and is being held on $5,500 bond.
This is the second incident within the last two weeks involving men under the influence of bath salts engaging in cannibalistic behavior.
North Miami Beach Police said De Leon slammed his head repeatedly against the plexiglass of the police cruiser and told the officer “I’m going to eat you.”
While being treated for his self-inflicted abrasions, De Leon began to act like an animal and “launched to bite” an officer closest to him, an incident report said.
According to the report:
“Brandon growled and opened and closed his jaw, slamming his teeth like an animal would…He also barked and growled inside of a cell.”
In bond court De Leon told the judge he did not remember the incident, saying:
“If I can say something your honor, I have no recollection of anything that happened that night.”
After the incident, De Leon was transported to Aventura Hospital for treatment where his blood test revealed the presence of cannabis and Xanax, and an alcohol level of .29. It was later discovered he was also under the influence of Mephedrone, or Cloud 9, a psychoactive drug that produces emotional and social effects similar to ecstasy.
Police warn the narcotic has a stimulant effect on the central nervous system that can be addicting. Symptoms include excessive sweating, headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, hallucinations, paranoia and erratic behavior.
A form of Mephedrone known as bath salts was also found in Miami man Rudy Eugene when he was killed after police discovered he was eating a homeless man’s brains and face.