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Investigation continues after family eats beef with LSD

TAMPA — The investigation continued Saturday after a family of four ate beef containing traces of LSD.

The Tampa family had reportedly purchased the beef at the Walmart store at 1501 N Dale Mabry Highway.

The store reviewed its surveillance tape and is not aware of any suspicious activity from employees or customers, Walmart spokesman Dianna Gee said Saturday.

"We continue to review our store surveillance to see if we can find any information that might be helpful for the investigation," she said.

No updates were available from the Tampa Police Department Saturday.

It remains unclear where or when the product was tampered with. It comes prepackaged to the store, and raw beef is not handled or processed by anyone in-store, Gee said.

On Monday, Jessica Rosado, 31, rushed her boyfriend Ronnie Morales, 24, to the hospital after he began to feel ill. She and her two children also started experiencing hallucinations at the hospital.

Doctors performed tracheal intubations on Morales and the two children, and induced labor for Rosado, who was nine months pregnant. The baby boy was reportedly healthy, Tampa police Chief Jane Castor said during a news conference Friday.

Tests showed the beef contained traces of LSD, police said.

Gee said Friday Walmart's supplier had no reports of similar incidents.

Walmart pulled the remaining product from its shelves after police contacted the store. The store submitted the supply to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office for testing. Results could take up to three weeks, Castor said Friday.


An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated an outcome for test results on the meat's packaging. At the time of publication, only test results on the beef itself were released.

Investigation continues after family eats beef with LSD 03/08/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 6:21pm]
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