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Famous porn star arrested after man dies in 'psychedelic toad venom ceremony'

A Spanish porn star has been arrested over his alleged involvement in a mystical toad venom ceremony that turned deadly.

Nacho Vidal, who has starred in more than 1,500 erotic films, was detained last week in connection with the death of fashion photographer Jose Luis Abad.

One other man and a woman have also been arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and violating public health laws following an 11-month police investigation into the psychedelic ritual which took place in July 2019.

“Officers began the investigation after the death of a person during a mystical ritual involving the inhalation of vapours from the venom of the bufo alvarius toad,” the Guardia Civil said in a statement.

Nacho Vidal, 46, has starred in more than 1,500 pornographic films
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“At the conclusion of an 11-month investigation, we have been able to establish that an offence of involuntary manslaughter and a public health offence had occurred, allegedly committed by those who organised and presided over the ritual.”

Police say they have discovered a number of rituals involving the consumption of venom from the rare toad native to the Sonoran Desert. The venom contains a powerful natural hallucinogen known as 5-MeO-DMT.

Participants in the shamanic rituals believe the venom offers medicinal benefits, but officers are warning it can be extremely dangerous.

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“This was a commonly practised activity carried out for therapeutic or medicinal ends, but which posed a serious threat to public health despite being dressed up as what appeared to be an apparently inoffensive ancestral ritual,” the Guardia Civil said.

Police say the July ceremony involved “highly suggestible people who were especially vulnerable and were seeking alternative ways to cure certain ailments or addictions”.

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Vidal’s lawyer says Abad’s death was accidental and denied that his client had acted as a shaman during the ritual.

“Nacho is very upset by the death of this person, but he considers himself to be innocent,” Daniel Salvador told Spanish news agency Efe.

Vidal is a celebrated performer and director as well as a businessman

“With all due respect to the dead man and his family, Nacho maintains that the consumption [of the venom] was completely voluntary.”

As well as being a famous performer and director, 46-year-old Vidal is a businessman who sells erotic goods including 25cm candles shaped like penises, available in three different colours.

He also developed his own line of extra-large condoms after claiming to have caught gonorrhoea 150 times because his 10-inch penis is too big for regular condoms.

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