"I should cut your fucking head off," Charleston Calix allegedly told his stepfather, as he wielded a machete. Riviera Beach Police say Calix, who has an extensive violent criminal history, was high on flakka when he made the threat.
According to an incident report, Calix, 30, and his stepfather, William Jackson, 56, had been arguing. At first, Calix left the house, located in the 1000 block of West 26th Street, to cool off after the heated altercation.
Not long after, Jackson's grandchildren ran up to him as he sat outside his home and told him that Calix was coming for him and that he was armed with a machete. Jackson remained outside as the children went inside, the report says.
As he approached, Calix made the threat before walking across the street and sitting down on the front lawn of a home. Jackson then went inside and called police. When cops arrived, they found Jackson and Calix sitting across the street from each other. According to the report, Calix was smoking a cigarette and threw the machete onto the grass.
As officers approached Calix, he threw the lit cigarette onto the ground.
When police tested the cigarette, they determined that it had contained Alpha-PVP, the main ingredient in flakka, the report says.
Calix was apprehended and arrested without incident on charges of possession of Alpha-PVP and booked to Palm Beach County Jail.
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According to criminal records, Calix has been arrested 13 times in Palm Beach County since 2002. He has also spent time in prison for aggravated battery conviction in 2003. In 2006, Calix was convicted of possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was released in 2011.
Flakka has made headlines over the way users have been overtaken by its psychosis-inducing potency. While some have questioned if the hysteria over flakka is over-the-top, some experts say the drug is something to be taken seriously. The drug is a synthetic cathinone, much like bath salts, which means it's made from one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant.
Flakka has been most prevalent in Florida, specifically Broward County, where there has been a 45 percent increase in flakka cases over the past year.
But the Calix incident is the second involving flakka in Riviera Beach. Last March, an 82-year-old woman was suddenly and viciously attacked by a man who had come knocking on her door. The man, 26-year-old Darren Morrison, was aggressive toward officers when they approached him. He then told them he had been drinking and had smoked flakka. The woman died this past Saturday, though police have not yet announced if her injuries were responsible for her death.