Last Modified: Monday, June 09, 2014 1:13 PM
The news that law enforcement had arrested several people for selling synthetic urine was met with a collective chuckle across the area.
Five people were arrested in May for selling synthetic urine at smoke shops in Lake Charles and Moss Bluff. Others were cited at area convenience stores for also selling masking agents.
While it comes as little surprise that drug users will take whatever steps necessary to beat a drug screen, it was shocking that masking agents were being sold so brazenly.
Even more shocking, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said, was that buyers came into the stores during the sting operation and pleaded with detectives to allow them to purchase masking agents for the next day’s drug test.
Humorous as the raid may have sounded, there’s a dangerous undertone — the prevalence of drug use in the working environment.
Mancuso said that drug-masking agents were being purchased, then resold in the parking lots of local industries. That’s disconcerting, not just considering the future of economic prosperity Southwest Louisianians have been told is on the horizon. Nearly all area residents have a family member or know someone who works in local industry, whose safety would be at risk because of someone else’s choices.
Most of the plants take safety very seriously. Mancuso urged them to up their game on drug testing and be knowledgeable of the many ways in which drug users attempt to pass tests.
Those who want to pass the drug tests have plenty of options at their disposal. It’s a cat-and-mouse game in which drug users are always trying to stay one step ahead of the drug tests. Detectives said hand warmers are sold with the synthetic urine to make sure its at body temperature, and fake appendages are sold to use during drug screens.
The recent raid did its part to take some of those options off the table.
Posted By: Daren Hyatt On: 6/10/2014
Title: Synthetic Urine Bust
I agree with all of this article. To the outrage of some, I have expressed that agreement on KPLC"s post(which has been taken down, which I feel is stopping freedom of speech). BUT what I'm most appalled at is the fact that these smoke shops were buying the synthetic urine from a warehouse here in Lake Charles on Hwy 14. Owned by a prominent rich business man that owns a lot of businesses in Lake Charles. This man was warned to stop selling this product and received no punishment(ticketed, raided etc). Why wasn't the others giving the same warning? "Equal Justice Under The Law" should be just that, EQUAL. I do not do drugs and again AGREE that no one should have access to a product that is intended to fake a drug screen. If a school bus crashes and kills even one child and the driver passed his drug screen with any product, the user and supplier of the product should be prosecuted. GNC and other health stores sell similar products to detox a persons body. You can drink pickle juice and achieve the same result. That does not make Synthetic Urine ok though and I believe it should be unlawful to sell by ANYONE. In my opinion the smoke shops were targeted because they sell pipes and other novelties that some don't approve of. Let's not praise the authorities and demonize the accused until all the facts are out.