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Man caught cheating on drug test with pants down

By CHUIN-WEI YAP
Published July 4, 2006


DADE CITY — A 31-year-old man tried unsuccessfully Monday to get around a urine test for drugs by using a strap on device that stores a sample of urine and resembles normal genitalia.


Ahmed R. Hicks of Zephyrhills is charged with fraudulent urine testing.

He ran into trouble when an observer of the test noticed the device did not match Hicks’ dark complexion, authorities said.

Probation officer James F. Yebba noted that the device “appeared to be detached from his person,” a report said.
Police have characterized the device as a gimmick, and warned that officers get “up close and personal” during urine analyses to check on the process.

Devices to cheat drug tests have been seen before in Pasco County.

In April 2003, after Robert Romano of Hudson got caught using a Whizzinator, a widely advertised contraption, in a drug test.

 Still, he gave the St. Petersburg Times a glowing review .

“If you get caught with the Whizzinator, it’s your own fault,” he said. “It’s the best.”

The best is not cheap.

The “Original Whizzinator,” made by Puck Technology of Signal Hill, Calif., costs $150.
Dried urine costs another $15 a pop.

In Hicks’ case, he told deputies that the urine came from his 13-year-old nephew.

Deputies did not give a brand name for the device Hicks was wearing.

He could not be reached Tuesday.