A Ramsay man accused of using a bladder system kit with synthetic human urine to skirt positive drug tests has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of tampering with or fabricating evidence.
John Walter Konda, 50, entered the plea before District Judge Robert Whelan on Wednesday and was remanded to jail with bond set at $5,000. Court records list his address as Ramsay. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
A probation officer contacted police Oct. 9 and said Konda was using a fake urine device for his urine testing, according to prosecutors. The officer said Konda had tested positive for meth in six of his last nine urine tests.
After arresting Konda on a parole violation, prosecutors said Konda admitted to using urine with a “Whizzinator” bladder system he bought on the internet, and had used the device for all of his urine tests from Aug. 14 to Oct. 9. He was tested three times a week.
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“Konda was arrested and taken to the detention center for processing,” prosecutors wrote in charging document. “At the jail he had taped to his person the Whizzinator.”
Various systems advertised on the internet include synthetic urine, vinyl pouches, and heat packs to warm the liquid.
Several makers of such products include a disclaimer saying that they are not to be used for illegal purposes.