The Civil Guard detains a couple in Callosa de Segura (Alicante) who performed rituals with ayahuasca and bufo toad scales

Clients paid between 75 and 150 euros for a session, depending on the substance to be consumed

They posted their rituals on the web and offered their entire weekend stays

Among the seized effects are some 97 substances prohibited by the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 of the United Nations








The Civil Guard, within the framework of the BUFOX operation, has arrested a 42 and 38-year-old couple in Callosa de Segura (Alicante) who performed rituals with illegal psychotropic substances such as ayahuasca, or bufo toad scales, to mode of practice carried out under “international ancestral medicine”. They are charged with the alleged crime against public health. They were the president and secretary of an association that performed rituals under the influence of psychotropic substances.

Those now detained formally registered their association in June 2019. From that moment, it was suspected that both the purposes and activities of this entity could be detrimental to health and public safety, by including prohibited substances among their offered “medicines” by the 1971 United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances.

In the viewing and analysis of some of the videos of the rituals that they themselves had published on the internet and on social networks, clients were observed who consumed in liquid form or inhaled the psychotropics that he (the master of ceremonies) gave them, while she blocked their breathing so that they would hold the smoke inside them longer. As a result of this practice, they used to fall to the ground with some convulsions and presented a serious alteration of consciousness.

All this taking into account that the president and director of these activities did not possess any professional or training qualification that would optionally protect him for the use and supply to third parties of psychotropic, psychoactive, psychedelic or hallucinogenic substances, which could represent a serious threat to health.
Those now detained offered full weekend stays over the internet. As for the clients, in exchange for a session they paid between 75 and 150 euros, depending on the substance to be consumed, and if they stayed all weekend up to 350 euros.

Prohibited substances found

During the searches carried out in the home and headquarters of the association, the agents found effects and prohibited substances distributed by different rooms. They also located Bufo Alvarius' scale kept in a safe in the main room because of its dangerousness.
In total, the registry seized:
  • 5 jars with ayahuasca and an ayahuasca vine
  • 50 grams of Bufo Alvarius, Bufo Alvarius scales
  • 2 bags and 6 jars of Amanita Muscaria
  • 2 large jars of Yopo or Anadenanthera Peregrina
  • 2 large and 5 medium jars of Rapé or Nicotiana Tabacum
  • 3 small bags of St. John's wort
  • 1 jar with Chacruna or Psychotria Viridis
  • 1 jar of Peganum Harmala
  • 1 small jar of Tabernanthe Iboga
  • 117 pieces and cactus of San Pedro or Echinopsis Pachanoi (840kgs approx.)
  • 3 jars of powdered coca leaf
  • 1 jar with 30 grams of marijuana
  • 1 jar with 12 grams of hashish pollen
  • 6 grams of hashish
  • Pipettes, inhaler pipes and test tubes
  • A precision weight and scale
  • Precursors such as glycerin, calcium hydroxide

Adverse effects

The consumption of these psychotropic substances can cause numerous adverse effects. For example, the consumption of ayahuasca can cause an acute psychotic picture on the cerebral cortex and in some cases, it can be irreversible, leading to schizophrenia.
An overdose of the fungus Amanita Muscaria can lead to an anticholinergic syndrome (dry, red skin, hyperthermia, mydriasis, cardiac arrhythmias, risk of ventricular fibrillation, delirium, seizures, coma). And the bark of the root of the Tabernanthe Iboga bush is a stimulant of the central nervous system in small amounts, but instead in larger doses it causes hallucinations.
For more information, you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Civil Guard of Alicante, at 680.416.220.

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