Sheriff Michael F. Strada today announced the arrest of Christopher Caufield, age 28, formerly of Branchville Borough.
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, while assigned to Courthouse Security duties at the Sussex County Superior Court in Newton, Sheriff’s Officer Nathan Galante responded to the Probation Department to assist in investigating a report of a probationer who was attempting to defraud the administration of a drug test.
Upon arrival, Officer Galante encountered probationer Christopher Caufield. Caufield had previously been ordered by a Superior Court Judge, to comply with drug screening as a condition of his probation. Further investigation revealed Caufield to be in possession of a rubber device commonly referred to as a “whizzinator.” A whizzinator is a synthetic device sometimes used by people attempting to fraudulently defeat drug tests. It is a rubber prosthesis which contains a bladder reservoir to store uncontaminated urine. Caufield had already used the device to provide a urine sample.
Officer Galante immediately took Caufield into custody for violating the conditions of his probation. He was subsequently transported to and incarcerated in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility.Additionally, he was charged with attempting to defraud the administration of a drug test.
Christopher Caufield remains lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility without bail.
A charge is merely an accusation, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.