New York court sniffs at ex-cop's drugged-dinner claim

February 5, 2010 9:40:47 AM PST
A former New York City counterterrorism detective who says he was unfairly fired as a result of a failed drug test he blamed on his wife's marijuana-spiked meatballs has lost a court bid to get his job back. A state appeals court upheld Anthony Chiofalo's dismissal Thursday. The 22-year veteran was suspended in 2005 after failing a random drug test and was fired in 2007.

Catherine Chiofalo told police investigators she secretly substituted marijuana for oregano in meatballs, hoping a failed test would make her husband leave police work.

Anthony Chiofalo's lawyer, Philip Karasyk, says he's considering options for continuing the case.

Police department lawyer Edward Hart says there was more marijuana in Chiofalo's system than the meatballs could explain.


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