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In an interview with London’s News of the World, Britney Spears’ former bodyguard Tony Barretto claims the troubled star nearly suffered a drug overdose following her rehab stint last spring.

Tony Barretto recently filed a declaration detailing his former employer’s drug and alcohol use in the child custody case between Spears and her former husband, Kevin Federline.

His account persuaded a worried judge to order Britney to be tested for drugs twice a week. Not shocking, given Barretto’s dramatic account of how Britney…

  • OVERDOSED in a drug-strewn hotel room on a binge with junkie lover Howie Day just days after leaving rehab. “She was in a bad state, sweating and shaking. Her pupils were huge… we thought she was dying,” said Tony.
  • SNORTED cocaine clandestinely with pals in a trendy L.A. club.
  • ENDANGERED the lives of her kids by being under the influence of drugs and booze at home while Sean Preston and Jayden James were there.

The enormous Tony Barretto, standing 6’7″ and pushing 300 pounds, earning the nickname “Fat Tony,” says he decided to come forward because:

“Britney is out of control and needs help. I have done this for her children. She’s not a good mother. She has mental problems. With her problems with drugs and booze, her home is no place for kids to be raised.”

His remarks capped a nightmare week for Britney Spears in which she was dumped by her manager Jeff Kwatinetz and her lawyer.

She hired married dad-of-two Tony Barretto — a former private eye — days after checking out of Promises rehab facility in Malibu after one month on March 26, and publicly declaring she had beaten booze and drug problems.

Tony Barretto is a drugs expert after taking a 10 police course about their dangers. He realized Britney Spears’ willpower was weak on the night of May 2, mere hours before the start of her “comeback mini-tour” in Anaheim.

On May 2, Britney Spears went on a date with musician Howie Day, 26, who she’d met in rehab, telling her worried protection team she didn’t need them.

Tony Barretto said of the lame singer and drug addict: “We did security checks on Howie Day and told her he was trouble. But she ignored us.”

Hours later, however, a hysterical, crying Britney, 25, called her aides, claiming that Day was refusing to let her leave their hotel room.

Tony Barretto recalled: “She wanted to cancel the tour. She was confused. We asked her if she was OK and reminded her she had a show to do. Then Howie came on the phone and started arguing with us. We knew we had to get to her.”

Tony raced to the plush Mondrian Hotel with another bodyguard and Britney’s best friend and personal assistant, Alli Sims. When they got to their room they found the door open and an appalling scene inside.

Tony Barretto said, in a chilling account:

“We could see Britney all red-eyed from crying. Howie was lying in his boxers asleep on the bed. The hotel room was trashed. There were half-eaten plates of food everywhere. There were blankets on the floor, clothes strewn everywhere. The trash was emptied everywhere over the floor. The entire place was littered with empty beer bottles and liquor bottles, small glasses of ice, with cigarette butts everywhere. On the surface of the dresser, I could see mounds of white powder and a straw on top. I suspected it was cocaine or powdered meth. Over by the side I spotted a glass pipe, which I knew from my drugs training was often used with crystal meth.”

An extraordinarily dangerous drug, crystal meth has similar effects to amphetamine and ecstasy. Overdosing can cause heart failure.

Tony Barretto continued his description of the night: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Britney was completely out of it. We thought she’d overdosed. She was distraught, crying. Her skin was waxy. She looked so ill. We tried to speak to her. My fellow bodyguard and Alli were so worried they wanted to get a medic to detoxify her. We were panicking. We thought she was going to die.”

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