Apparently, "I tested positive for cocaine because I rubbed some unknown 'sex-aid cream' on my genitals that was given to me by a friend who got it from some 'old Cuban guy'" is a suitable defense for a Florida cop to get his job back.
At least, that's what the arbitrator for a grievance hearing about a cop's firing ruled when he told the city to reinstate Miami Beach Police Detective Reinaldo Casas.
Last year Detective Casas tested positive for cocaine and was subsequently fired. But Casas said he had "never knowingly used cocaine."
Instead, he claims the cocaine must have been absorbed into his blood through "an erection-enhancing cream he applied to his genitals."
From The Miami Herald:
At a grievance hearing, Casas testified that a buddy, Idilio Godinez, gave him the cream "with the advice that it would help him in his sexual liaisons."
Godinez testified that he got the sex-enhancement cream from "an old Cuban guy" as a gift for giving him some political campaign signs. Godinez claimed he did not know what was in the cream, but had tried it himself and it worked.
The substance, which resembled Vaseline, was contained in a series of unmarked purple containers and appeared to be homemade.
The city insisted that Casas' story was "incredible" and he should have known what he was ingesting his body. The arbitrator disagreed and ordered Casas returned to duty with back pay — he earns $74,745.84 a year.
The arbitrator's justification for Casas being reinstated?
"There is no evidence in the record to show that [Casas] was aware the cream contained a controlled substance."