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Organic products running afoul of field drug tests

November 6, 2008 by  

One couple was wrongly charged with drug possessionThe credibility of field drug test kits is under fire following the arrest of a Canadian couple on erroneous drug charges, raising concern about the violation of their civil liberties.

On September 11, Ron Obadia and Nadine Artemis crossed the U.S. border with their infant son. The two were checked for drugs and a field test was administered on beauty products and organic chocolate produced by their company, Living Libations.

After the NIK field test produced a false positive, the couple were arrested and charged with exporting a controlled substance. Under separate interrogation, each was told by officers that the other had confessed to smuggling hashish.

The couple faced a similar incident on August 3 in Toronto after another false positive drug test. They were arrested, interrogated, and later visited by child welfare authorities.

The two were exonerated after more tests. Before the September incident, the two had notified border authorities of their travel plans and were accompanied by an attorney, but were still arrested.

"I thought somebody must have planted drugs in our bag. We didn’t know the tests could be faulty," Obadia told USA Today.

Along with worrying about their civil liberties, Obadia and Artemis are concerned about their rights to market and transport organic products.
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  • Rosemarie

    What an amazing story!  Bureaucracy once again rears its ugly head.  Little by little the government is encroaching on our rights.  Did they think that Nadine Atemis is Alice B. Toklas reincarnated?

  • http://BobLivingstonNewsletter James M. Kacey

    Just goes to prove again that we must remove Government and FDA from our food. Phony drug testing and Government over stepping and false arrests should be met with an outrage and law suits in the $$Billions against all Governments that overstep their boundaries instead of getting the actual drug cartels that saturate our country with illegal drugs including Mexicans that are making a killing bringing in tons of drugs and trucking tons of $$$$$greenbacks back home in a lucrative drug trafficking.

    The FDA knows nothing about Agriculture – , if they did they would know that all cows- cattle – are Herbivores- Grass eaters only . that’s Dairy Cows and Beef Cattle – ALL……. are Herbivores – and require no corn in their diets .

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