That Cheesy Meal Could Test Positive for... Cocaine

Man said cartons of coke-positive food in truck were for sister
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2011 7:10 PM CDT
Updated May 21, 2011 7:00 PM CDT
Hey, cheese lovers: Consumption of cheese might impair cops' ability to determine if you're under the influence of cocaine.   (PRNewsFoto/Pizza Hut)
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(Newser) – It turns out that you might not want to drive under the influence of, say, a taco: Police in Asheville, NC, thought they had busted a California man who was fleeing arrest under the influence of alcohol. He was also carrying cases of food that tested positive for cocaine. A breathalyzer later showed no trace of alcohol, and four days in jail and further testing showed the real culprits: cheese and certain types of dough, found in the man's coolers, which can fool common drug tests. The kicker: The man, a legal US citizen, says his command of English is poor and he didn't understand officers' demands to pull over, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times.

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