Three arrested in Paris over ‘devil’s breath’ drug that turns victims into willing ‘zombies’ – Telegraph
Police have seized two Chinese women and a man in Paris suspected of using a powerful Colombian drug dubbed “the devil’s breath” that turns victims into “zombies” devoid of free will and rob them.
It is thought the three are part of an international Triad-style criminal gang running a multimillion-pound operation around the planet.
The women, aged 42 and 59, approached strangers in Paris’ 20th arrondissement and blew the substance into their faces. It is thought to contain scopolamine, a hazardous drug extracted from a South American tree related to deadly nightshade.
According to the US state department, unofficial estimates put the number of annual scopolamine incidents in Colombia at approximately 50,000.
“Scopolamine can render a victim unconscious for 24 hours or more. In large doses, it can cause respiratory failure and death,” its website warns. “It is most often administered in liquid or powder form in foods and beverages. The majority of these incidents occur in night clubs and bars, and usually men, perceived to be wealthy, are targeted by young, attractive women.”