USMC E-3 Found Not Guilty After Mistakenly Ingesting Cocoa Tea

USMC E-3 tested positive for cocaine on a unit sweep urinalysis. While investigating the case, the military lawyers at JAG Defense uncovered a potential source of innocent ingestion resulting in the positive urinalysis test. Our client had ingested cocoa tea, believing it to be regular iced tea. At our client’s subsequent court-martial, we presented forensic evidence that confirmed the presence of cocaine in the cocoa tea. Further, during our cross-examination of the government’s own expert forensic toxicologist, she conceded that our client’s nanogram level was consistent with the innocent ingestion of this cocoa tea in the days leading up to the urinalysis collection. Result: Our client was found NOT GUILTY of the charge.