Two people failed in their recent efforts to pass drug tests in Livingston County.
By CLINTON THOMAS
St. Joseph News-Press
Sheriff Steve Cox shared stories Monday of two incidents where people on probation or bond went to great lengths to pass a required drug test, only to fail in extraordinary fashion. He declined to release the names of either person for privacy reasons.
The first defendant was asked to give a sample when he visited personnel from court services and they believed he was under the influence of a substance other than alcohol. During a pat-down, the man attempted to prevent staff from seeing and touching a certain part of his pants where an item could be seen protruding from his clothing. Authorities then found two tubes of someone else’s urine, which were spilled all over the staff as they attempted to collect it.
In another incident, a female was providing a urine sample with a female officer supervising the process when the officer noticed an object protruding from the woman’s body. It turned out to be a bottle similar to those used to water rabbits, filled with urine from one of the suspect’s parents.
The contraband urine tested positive for methamphetamine. The defendant admitted to trying to provide a fraudulent sample because she also had been using methamphetamine.
Mr. Cox said it was uncommon to discover attempts such as the two in question. He added humor to the situation when he wrote that suspects generally obtain clean urine to pass a drug test, but meth does not make people smarter.
“Most often people try the kits to flush stuff out of their body,” Mr. Cox said. “I remember a guy who used a Visine bottle to smuggle in another guy’s urine, but I’ve never heard of a rabbit’s water bottle.”
The two people in question could face additional charges.
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