Police officer gets his job back after blaming sexual enhancement cream for positive drug testBy Mason White 6:01 PM August 3, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
A police officer blamed his positive drug blood test on erection-enhancing cream.
The officer of Miami Beach, Florida, was allowed to have his job back despite testing positive for drugs.
Police detective Reinaldo Casas tested positive for cocaine, but insisted that the drug must have been absorbed in his blood through an erection enhancing cream, which he applied to the genitals.
His defense worked. An arbitrator ordered that Casas, who was fired last year due to the positive drug test, be reinstated with full back pay.
There is no evidence to suggest that Casas was aware that the cream contained a controlled substance, according to the arbitrator’s report, which was released Thursday. By law, police in Miami Beach must comply with the ruling.
The decision ends an embarrassing saga for Casas, who was a respected homicide investigator before he was fired last year. Casas had failed a random drug test administered by the police department.
Casas testified that a friend, Idilio Godinez, gave him the cream “with the advice that it would help his sexual relationships.”
Godinez testified that he got the sex enhancing cream from “an old Cuban guy.” Godinez said he did not know what the cream was made of, but he had tried it himself and it worked.
The substance was placed in unmarked containers and seemed to be homemade.