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Drug user accused of faking urine test
THE STAR-LEDGER (Newark, New Jersey) | Thursday, December 18, 2003 | MARGARET McHUGH

Posted on 12/18/2003 10:11:52 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree

BY MARGARET McHUGH

STAR-LEDGER STAFF

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 sheriff’s 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 isn’t 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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: drugs; test; urine
We've evolved from radar dectectors to The Whizzinator in only one generation.
1 posted on 12/18/2003 10:11:53 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Rosie O'Donnell has one of those.....
2 posted on 12/18/2003 10:14:45 AM PST by SpinyNorman
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

From The Original Whizzinator web page


3 posted on 12/18/2003 10:14:51 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SpinyNorman
I believe Rush refers to the operation as a "strap-a-dictomy."
4 posted on 12/18/2003 10:20:54 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
My wife is a probation officer-

They have confiscated 4 of these in Minneapolis-

the first person got caught -because HE HAD THE WRONG

COLOR!!! no kidding -whipped out a different color in front

of his Probation officer! criminals are losers
5 posted on 12/18/2003 10:21:19 AM PST by mj1234
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To: mj1234
LOL!
Reminds me of the story of the little Jewish guy who was relieving himself at a public urinal. In rushed a large African-American, who hurriedly pulled down his zipper and began to urinate immediately.
"Whew," said the Black guy. "I just made it."
The Jewish guy glanced down at the fellow's rather prodigious equipment, and said:
"You just made it? Could you make me one like that, only in white?"
6 posted on 12/18/2003 10:26:05 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: Pern
Ping
7 posted on 12/18/2003 10:27:05 AM PST by scab4faa (Can't sleep.. the clowns will eat me... Can't sleep.. the clowns will eat me... Can't sleep..)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
You know how to get it to 8 inches?

Well, I just fold mine in half.

8 posted on 12/18/2003 12:35:00 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
=8-0

Not another Whizzinator thread...

LOL.

9 posted on 12/18/2003 12:36:19 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: Wolfie; vin-one; WindMinstrel; philman_36; Beach_Babe; jenny65; AUgrad; Xenalyte; Bill D. Berger; ..
WOD Ping
10 posted on 12/18/2003 12:58:55 PM PST by jmc813 (Help save a life - www.marrow.org)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
I guess not doing drugs for several days is out of the question.
11 posted on 12/18/2003 1:00:06 PM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
That's why they're called addicts.
12 posted on 12/18/2003 1:23:18 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: AppyPappy
MJ takes a lot longer than a couple of days. Anywhere from a couple of weeks to over a month...depending on your metabolism.
13 posted on 12/18/2003 1:28:36 PM PST by NeonKnight
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To: NeonKnight
Sucks, don't it? I can be a raging alkie, getting drunk just about every night, and as long as I drag-ass into work each day, I'm in the clear. But God forbid I light up a fatty on Friday night.

For the terminally naive out there, smoking on Friday night means you're sober on Saturday morning.
14 posted on 12/18/2003 6:46:41 PM PST by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: AppyPappy
Pot takes about a month to leave the system of a regular user. It metabolizes the slowest of any drug out there, and it's arguably the least damaging to one's body and mind.

Flame-retardant leathers on!
15 posted on 12/18/2003 6:47:29 PM PST by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: NeonKnight
Anywhere from a couple of weeks to over a month...

Thus that idiotic WOD PSA: "60 percent of those involved in an accident who were tested for drugs tested positive for marijuana".

16 posted on 12/18/2003 6:50:41 PM PST by ThinkDifferent
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