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October 28, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Man who stuck hypodermic into Wal-Mart meat says he was on heroin

POULSBO — Police say a Kitsap County man accused of stabbing a hypodermic syringe into a sausage package at a Wal-Mart store in Poulsbo told them it was a “ridiculously stupid” decision he made while sleep-deprived and on heroin.

The Kitsap Sun reports that prosecutors on Monday charged 33-year-old Daniel Thieman with malicious mischief and placing poison or other harmful objects or substances in food. The store ultimately tossed out about $19,000 in meat after the syringe was found Friday. Thieman, of Kingston, is held on $250,000 bail.

Poulsbo Police Chief Al Townsend says he doesn’t believe any customers were affected.

Public defender Bill Houser argued that prosecutors failed to show probable cause for the charges since Wal-Mart chose to remove the meat and police said the syringe was empty, but the district-court judge was not swayed.

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