Skip to comments.Drug user accused of faking urine test
Posted on 12/18/2003 10:11:52 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
BY MARGARET McHUGH
A drug-using shoplifter tried to outwit his probation officer by wearing a strap-on device that puts out a drug-free urine sample, but John Gatanas found out The Original Whizzinator turned out not to be as "foolproof" and "undetectable" as its creator promises.
Gatanas' probation officer spotted the prosthetic penis during a Nov. 20 drug test, leading to an indictment yesterday and Gatanas' expulsion from drug court, a program that allows drug-addicted nonviolent criminals to avoid jail.
In the 20 months since Morris County started a drug court, an intensive supervised drug rehabilitation program, Gatanas, 27, of Dover is the first participant caught using a Whizzinator to try to cheat on his weekly drug test, authorities said.
"We're not going to tolerate dishonesty," Morris County Prosecutor Michael Rubbinaccio said. "Drug court is a privilege. People not committed to our mutual goal of getting clean and living a law-abiding lifestyle" cannot take part, he said.
Gatanas' bigger problem is what he did after he got caught. When probation officer Kevin Egli discovered the Whizzinator, Gatanas gave a real urine specimen that turned up dirty, but then ran out of the Morris County Courthouse, authorities said.
Pursued by sheriffs officers, Gatanas got into his car and nearly struck an officer during his attempted escape, Rubbinaccio said. For that, he was charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree offense that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
A Morris County grand jury also indicted him on charges of escape, obstruction, defrauding the administration of a drug test and possession of an instrument to defraud a drug test.
Had Gatanas simply tested positive for drugs in his urine, he would have violated probation, but he wouldn't have been automatically ejected from drug court, Rubbinaccio said.
Gatanas entered drug court in August 2002, instead of having to serve a three-year prison term for his guilty plea to shoplifting, authorities said. He now will have to serve that sentence Rubbinaccio said.
"This should be a clear warning to other drug court participants, the prosecutor said. Gatanas was one of 42 defendants enrolled in Morris County's drug court. Three of those people have applied to graduate from the program, which requires a minimum of 18 months.
Gatanas isnt the first person caught using the $150 Whizzinator to try to pass a drug test. Authorities in South Jersey, Texas and Florida have announced arrests for its use. The product's Web site says the undergarment with attached prosthetic, which comes in five shades, can keep urine at body temperature for eight hours, when used with the company's organic heating pads. Extra tubes of dehydrated urine go for $12 apiece. Gatanas is being held without the option of posting bail at the Morris County Jail.
From The Original Whizzinator web page
Well, I just fold mine in half.
Not another Whizzinator thread...
Thus that idiotic WOD PSA: "60 percent of those involved in an accident who were tested for drugs tested positive for marijuana".
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