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Warning issued about tainted crack in Williston

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7 fall ill, 5 hospitalized

By The Staff

Crack users are being warned about a tainted batch of the drug in East Williston after seven people — including five transported to an emergency room in Gainesville — suffered violent seizures, high blood pressure and foaming at the mouth after falling unconscious.

According to a press release from the Levy County Department of Public Safety and Sheriff's Office. Emergency medical services crews and deputies were called to East Williston shortly before midnight Wednesday after receiving reports of individuals suffering from violent seizures, high blood pressure and foaming at the mouth after falling unconscious.

Four men and one woman in their 30s to 60s were still being monitored by emergency staff on Thursday. Two individuals refused medical aid and two others were not at the scene a when deputies/EMS arrived.

Investigators determined a subject known by the street name “Minute” had been selling crack cocaine laced with an unknown substance.

Crack is made from cocaine mixed with water and baking soda or ammonia, then cooked to separate out the drug, then the “rock” is drained from the liquid and dried so it is smokable.

Everyone is urged to exercise extreme caution when buying crack cocaine. Not only could the buyer be arrested and jailed for possession of crack cocaine, it could pose huge life safety risks.