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Police: Clinton store sold fake urine to beat drug tests

Posted February 8, 2012

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— Police said Wednesday that they have charged a Sampson County store owner with selling fake urine for people to pass drug tests, as well as prescription drugs from out of the country.

Musa Odeh, 39, was charged last week with defrauding drug and alcohol screen tests, dispensing medication without a license, sale of glass tubes by a retailer and manufacturing or delivering drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting a $65,000 bond.

Odeh and his brother operate the Happy Mart Tobacco Shop, at 202 on Northeast Blvd. in Clinton. An anonymous tip led to a two-month investigation of the store, and police searched the shop last week.

Sgt. Anthony Davis of the Clinton Police Department said Wednesday that officers found 13 glass tubes commonly used for smoking crack cocaine and antibiotics and other prescription drugs from Latin America in the store.

"They were found in a way – underneath the counter – that made me believe they were selling them to the public," Davis said, adding that an informant had purchased some "illegal items" from the store during the investigation.

Police also seized a dozen containers of Magnum Detox Novelty Synthetic Urine during the search of the shop. The product is advertised as "intended as protection of your privacy. For legal use only."

Synthetic urine Synthetic urine, foreign drugs seized at Clinton store

"I don't know any other reason to have synthetic urine ... than to cheat a drug test," Davis said. "Most of these labs today, they don't even test for genetics in urine. So, all they test for is the drugs, the stuff they find in the urine. So, they don't know if it's synthetic urine or not."

Synthetic urine is banned in North and South Carolina and in at least six other states, according to Best4DrugTest.com, a website that sells kits to flush drug toxins from your body.

Odeh declined to comment, but his brother, who didn't want his name used, said Odeh is innocent of all of the charges. The fake urine was shipped to the store from a California company by mistake and was never sold to customers, the brother said, and the prescription drugs belonged to relatives visiting from Honduras and weren't for sale.

Happy Mart remains open.

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  • kingjoyce34 Feb 9, 2012

    Way to go Jimmy Thornton sell this right under your nose

  • loprestw Feb 9, 2012

    It still funny to know that most people to get a job has to take a drug test and have to take randon drug tests but to collect government social benefits (welfare, food stamps, wic, ect..) you don't need to take a drug test. Whats wrong with this picture?

  • Alexia.1 Feb 9, 2012

    "How about diverting some attention toward the criminals in our schools that rob, rape, and murder one another." -- sandrock667

    You mean like going after whomever stole my son's Coke at school yesterday? :-)

    Seriously, I'm pretty sure if there is a serious robbery, murder, or rape at the schools, the police will be all over that. They even jump all over kids fighting and sometimes charge them with crimes, which I personally think is silly given how fighting is and always has been a part of school -- even on Little House on the Prairie! :-)

    Anyway, what is your point?

  • whatmeworry Feb 9, 2012

    This is the problem with our state. Why not focus some of these resources toward education, our schools, and community. How about diverting some attention toward the criminals in our schools that rob, rape, and murder one another. Put them in jail.

  • Alexia.1 Feb 9, 2012

    What surprises me more: the fact people use drugs, the fact that some employers do not trust their employees to be drug free, or the fact that artificial urine is for sale? Nobody wants a person on the payrolls who come to work high, nor do they want somebody who is drunk. Perhaps it's because I don't use drugs that I just don't understand, but if you smoke pot or crack Friday night, is that going to affect you Saturday morning or Monday morning any more so than alcohol?

  • whatmeworry Feb 9, 2012

    Right on cornbiz!!!! Right on.

  • cornbiz Feb 9, 2012

    Wow - who cares if someone selling/buying fake urine? So what, they're trying to pass a drug test to get some minimum wage job. Congratulations Barney you caught the bad guy, but the real criminals are in washington and wall street. I feel like I've been rob as a tax payer paying for this useless investigation. If his found guilty he'll spend less time in jail then they did on the investigation. We get raped, robbed, and assaulted by our political leaders everyday and this is the stuff they investigate?In the words of John Wilkes Booth "Useless, Useless"

  • whatmeworry Feb 9, 2012

    I don't see the big deal! All this stuff should be legal anyways. If someone wants use then let them. Don't get so bent out of shape. Individual choice man.

  • ladyblue Feb 8, 2012

    what next?
    people could be geniuses with what they think up too bad it's for criminal use

  • piene2 Feb 8, 2012

    Why buy fake urine, just get some from a clean friend.

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