ST. CHARLES, Mo. — A St. Louis-area man is facing criminal charges alleging that he used a prosthetic penis to try to pass a drug test.
Authorities say 34-year-old Sydney Levin was submitting a urine sample last week as part of his probation when an officer allegedly spotted him using a prosthetic, known as a Whizzinator. The device has been advertised as way to pass drug tests by using someone else's urine.
KMOV-TV reported that Levin, of Lake St. Louis, was charged last week with possessing a forging instrument. He was arrested and released after posting $25,000 bond, and pleaded not guilty on Monday.
Levin was on probation for possession of a controlled substance and felony stealing in 2009. Authorities say Levin's probation required that he submit a urine sample as part of drug test.
Levin did not have a listed phone number. Court records show that he does not yet have an attorney.
In 2010, Gerald Willis of Los Angeles was sentenced to six months in federal prison for running a company that sold the Whizzinator to cheat on drug tests. Willis' company disbanded, but the Whizzinator is still sold on the Web as a sex toy through a company called Alternative Lifestyle Systems of Long Beach, Calif. A message seeking comment from the company on Thursday was not returned.
In a video on the Huffington Post website earlier this month, High Times associate publisher Richard Cusick used the Whizzinator as an example of tricks people use to beat drug tests.
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