- Associated Press - Sunday, November 17, 2019

SAO PAULO (AP) - Four homeless men are dead and four other people are hospitalized in critical condition after drinking from a bottle containing a “suspicious liquid” given to them by unidentified people, Sao Paulo police report.

Police are investigating the case as a possible mass poisoning in the neighborhood known as “Cracolandia,” or “Crackland,” which is infamous for open drug use.

A police statement said a survivor told authorities that the seven men and one woman were offered a bottle they believed contained alcohol Saturday. After drinking it they became sick and four of the men later died in the hospital. The four survivors are in serious condition.


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Police are testing the contents of the bottle, which they described as a “suspicious liquid,” and are searching for the people who provided the bottle.

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