Palisade pot smoker accused of trying to bribe urine tester
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – A pot-smoking parolee in Colorado faces criminal charges for allegedly offering a cash bribe to try to pass a drug test.
Police say 34-year-old Chad M. Thomas of Palisade tried Jan. 3 to bribe a state worker to allow him to use a device called a “Whizzinator” to pass a drug test he had to take while on parole. Thomas allegedly said he had a medical marijuana card, though officials couldn’t confirm whether that was true.
Colorado’s medical marijuana law allows convicted criminals to get cards, but those on parole still must pass drug tests. State lawmakers are currently weighing new marijuana rules that would prevent people on parole from having the cards.
Prosecutors say Thomas offered a state worker $300 after the worker found him with the “Whizzinator,” a device of tubing and heater packs attached to a prosthetic penis sold to cheat drug tests.
An arrest warrant affidavit reported by The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel Thursday said a caseworker became suspicious about Thomas’ urine sample after Thomas tried to block the worker’s view while Thomas was providing his sample.
When asked to raise his shirt and lower his pants, Thomas was seen wearing the “Whizzinator.” The man allegedly offered the state worker $300, then $500, to throw away the device. The worker refused.
The caseworker took the device, and Thomas left.
That same day, Thomas called state parole officials and said he had panicked after smoking marijuana on New Year’s Day, the anniversary of his father’s death, saying he was “having a very hard time dealing with it.”
Thomas now faces felony bribery charges and is being held in the Mesa County Jail. He was on parole for a 2007 menacing conviction.
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