Damnnnnn holmes. What the hell is wrong with the field test for LSD that a chocolate chip cookie comes up tainted?Â
When this story first broke I loved the idea of a enlightened young tripper sharing the gift of innner-vision with THE MAN. But nope, thats not the case, tests prove the cookies were just cookies. It’s very possible, heck even likely, that after spending 70+ hours hanging around Police the youth felt empathy, respect and penitence. I know a teen who made lots of friends washing cop cars and was just glad to get out of the house away from the parental units, even if it was to serve a community service sentence.
If the cop smelled something rancid and strong in the cookies it could easily have been rancid butter or shortening, it’s summer time and those cooking fats go bad swiftly. Or perhaps the 18 year old boy wasn’t a great cook.
Dang, it’s hard to be a teenager. Sorry about your troubles bud, hope you get a nice fat legal settlement and go to college and do good.Â
No drugs in cookies teen gave Lake Worth police, lab finds
12:00 AM CDT on Friday, July 11, 2008Â |Â By DEBRA DENNIS / The Dallas Morning News / Dan X. McGraw and Blanca Cantu contributed to this report.
LAKE WORTH â€“ The case against a teenager accused of delivering drug-tainted cookies to police crumbled Thursday after scientific tests revealed no traces of narcotics.
Christian Phillips, 18, became a cookie monster and the butt of jokes around the globe following his arrest Tuesday after he left a basket of treats at Lake Worth police headquarters. Authorities said then that “field tests” they conducted on the cookies showed traces of marijuana and LSD.
But lab tests performed by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office were negative for drugs, and Mr. Phillips â€“ who had been charged with tampering with a consumer product â€“ was released from jail shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. The felony charge was dropped.
Mr. Phillips, of Watauga, was facing up to 20 years in prison and fine of $10,000 if he had been convicted. Neither he nor his family would comment Thursday night.
“These are the facts of the case, and if the lab says it ain’t dope, that’s what I’m going to go with,” Lake Worth Police Chief Brett McGuire said.
Mr. Phillips’ attorney, L. Patrick Davis, said that his client was physically fine but that he was “a little upset” about the arrest and subsequent controversy. He said that neither he nor the family was surprised about the negative test results but that no decision has been made whether to pursue further legal action in the matter.
‘Rush to judgment’
In an earlier interview with KTVT-TV (Channel 11), Mr. Phillips’ father, Glenn, said the case against his son amounted to a “huge rush to judgment.”
“People just need to keep rationale here in perspective and not jump the gun and accuse people of stuff before we know the full facts,” he said.
Christian Phillips’ story drew worldwide attention â€“ and scorn.
One Australian news anchor referred to Mr. Phillips as “disgruntled.” The incident was blogged on USA Today’s Web site and on a Corvette forum site. “Tampering with someone elses [sic] food? Lock-up and throw key away,” one blogger wrote.
Another typed, “Donuts dummy, not cookies.”
Mr. Davis said that his client was unfairly targeted by almost everyone who heard about the case.
“He got convicted before he got a chance,” Mr. Davis said. “He got buried in the media. He has been derailed, and we need to get him back on course.”
Mr. Phillips was delivering cookies as part of his 80-hour court-supervised community service following his arrest last year on charges of assaulting a police officer. That charge was reduced to simple assault, a misdemeanor, and Mr. Phillips was serving court-appointed community service with Mothers Against Drunk Driving when he delivered the cookies.
That case was to have been dismissed on Wednesday if Mr. Phillips successfully completed his community service hours. He was about 10 hours away, his attorney said.
On June 27, Mr. Phillips was videotaped delivering the snacks to Watauga police. He delivered more cookies to Blue Mound police Monday night and on Tuesday delivered another batch at Lake Worth. Officers there were notified by Blue Mound police officers that the cookies might be tainted.
Chief McGuire said a preliminary field test conducted on the chocolate chip cookies by police detected LSD. A canine was brought in and indicated drugs were inside Mr. Phillips’ car.
When he was arrested, Mr. Phillips was carrying a list of 25 police agencies in Dallas and Tarrant counties. Thirteen of the names had been checked off. Officers in some of the jurisdictions, including Fort Worth and Watauga, ate the cookies and reported no ill effects.
Lake Worth sent the cookies to the medical examiner’s officer for a more thorough review. Officials there conducted more stringent chemical tests and a microscopic examination as well as tests involving gas chromatography and mass spectrometry.
Officer stands by nose
Blue Mound police also sent cookie samples to the ME’s office and those, too, came back negative for drugs.
But Blue Mound police Lt. Thomas Cain said Thursday that while he respects and accepts the medical examiner’s report, he is sure he smelled dope on the home-baked Toll House treats.
“They did have a pungent, rancid odor,” Lt. Cain said. “They did have the odor of marijuana. I got within two feet of it; I could smell it.”
Blue Mound officers also conducted their own field test that came back positive for marijuana.
“How do you explain it? I don’t know,” Lt. Cain said.
Staff writers Dan X. McGraw and Blanca Cantu contributed to this report.