The Bay County Sheriff's Office released information today on three suspicious person calls on October 5, 2016. All three were at the same location and had used the same synthetic hallucinogenic narcotic similar to LSD.
Shortly after midnight on October 5th, deputies responded to St. Thomas Square on Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, due to a suspicious person call. Deputies arrived to find a woman acting strange. The woman was able to tell deputies she had used LSD and was having bad side effects. She requested to be taken to a medical facility and EMS transported her to a local hospital.
Two hours later, another call was placed to the BCSO about another suspicious person at St. Thomas Square. The 911 caller stated the person was rolling around on the floor and screaming. Deputies responded and found a man exhibiting this behavior in the parking lot of the nearby Wendy's restaurant. Suspecting illegal narcotics use, deputies requested EMS respond. The man was transported to a local hospital.
A few minutes later, another call to the BCSO reported a third suspicious person, another male, in the stairwell at St. Thomas Square that was naked and exhibiting similar strange behavior. Deputies and EMS responded and the man was also taken to a local hospital.
Further investigation by the Special Investigations Division of the Bay County Sheriff's Office revealed all three people used 25I, also known as “NBomb,” a synthetic drug. All three were released by hospitals the afternoon of the same day. No criminal charges expected.
"The use of synthetic narcotics is especially dangerous," Sheriff Tommy Ford said. "Since there are no guidelines or standards in the manufacturing process each package may bear the same name but be comprised of completely different chemicals with a different potency. This comes with devastating consequences for users of synthetic drugs."