ESCONDIDO, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bronner
family, makers of the popular organic Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, has
learned that the confirmation drug-testing at the Orange County crime lab
of soap taken from Don Bolles does not contain GHB (Gamma Hydroxy
Butyrate). The crime lab's confirmation tests use the GC-MS method which is
much more accurate than the field drug test kits used by the Newport Beach
Police, which on April 4th produced a false-positive for GHB for Dr.
Bronner's peppermint soap. Based on this flawed faulty field test, Newport
Beach police threw Don Bolles, drummer for the legendary punk band The
Germs http://germsreturn.com/, in jail for three and half days over Easter
weekend. Media reports that Dr. Bronner's soaps test positive for THC are
Bruce Margolin, attorney for Jimmy Michael Giorsetti who goes by the
stage name Don Bolles, was told Friday by the Orange County DA that Mr.
Bolles' soap tested negative for drugs. "Mr. Bolles charges of felony drug
possession charges have been proven false," said David Bronner President of
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. "It's shocking that the DA's office is sitting
on the lab results on the soap and hasn't dropped the charges already. Mr.
Bolles has always been innocent in this case, but as long as these charges
are pending he may not get a passport to travel out of the country to
perform and is in major legal jeopardy," said Bronner who appeared in court
last Friday to support Mr. Bolles.
The next court appearance for Mr. Bolles is May 18, 2007. "Don and our
soaps shouldn't have to wait a month to clear this up," says Bronner. "Our
customers need to know now this whole soap opera is a mistake by police who
tormented an innocent 50 year old man with jail. We purchased the same
NarcoPouch(R) 928 GHB field test made by ODV, Inc. that was used by the
police, and ran tests on our soaps. We confirmed that the test is useless
when used on soap since every test came back positive. We also tested other
common brands of soap including Johnson & Johnson's popular Neutrogena
brand, as well as Colgate-Palmolive's popular Tom's of Maine brand, which
gave the same false-positive tests as well. What kind of justice system
allows police to use field drug tests that deprive citizens of their
God-given liberty, that test positive for something as common as soap? What
kind of policies and regulations are in place on police drug-testing
practices and products, such that a US citizen can be tossed in the slammer
over Easter weekend for possession of soap? Police departments nationwide
should immediately stop using the ODV, Inc. field test for GHB as it is not
accurate when used on soaps and who knows what other common household
products." ODV, Inc is a subsidiary of Armor Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Bolles was arrested following a search of his vintage 1968 Dodge
A-108 van by the Newport Beach police. During the search they found an 8 oz
bottle of peppermint Dr. Bronner's soap which is made with organic coconut,
olive, hemp, peppermint and jojoba oils. The police ignored repeated pleas
by Mr. Bolles that the liquid was nothing more than soap.
"I've used only Dr. Bronner's soap for 35 years," says Mr. Bolles. "I
use it for everything -- bathing, washing my hair, washing my clothes -- it
goes everywhere I go. I'm scheduled to go to Europe to tour with The Germs
this summer, but these felony charges could keep me from traveling out of
To arrange an interview with Don Bolles or David Bronner please contact
Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671.
SOURCE Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps