Lately, on the streets of Paris, people have been getting robbed after young women blow “Devil’s Breath” in their face, rendering them helpless mentally. Recently, two Chinese women would approach people on the street and blow the drug into their faces. Most the of the victims were elderly people who fell under the influence of the Devil’s Breath. They took the women back to their homes and handed over their valuables on demand. One victim reported losing $100,000 in one incident.
Devil’s Breath is the drug scopolamine which derives from the borrachero tree, found in Latin American countries, mainly Colombia. It is used in small doses to counteract sickness and nausea, but too much can make one overwhelmingly drowsy. It can also bring on hallucinations. Vice reports:
In our 2013 documentary, VICE’s Ryan Duffy called scopolamine “the most dangerous drug in the world,” as it is colorless, odorless, and takes effect almost instantly. It robs the users of their free will and often causes amnesia, meaning the victims in Paris may have no recollection of what really happened.
The drug, reportedly, is being used mostly by young, attractive women in nightclubs, who slip it in the drinks of wealthy men, so that they can take advantage.
Three people were arrested for the recent rash of Devil’s Breath robberies in Paris. They are linked to Chinese “Triad-style” organization that “specializes in mental submission with the aid of unknown products.” Two of the suspect’s passports showed recent trips to Mexico, a likely pickup point for the Devil’s Breath.