Posted: Sep 18, 2013 4:21 PM
Updated: Sep 18, 2013 6:58 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Defense attorneys for Sue Farenthold told a judge some weight loss medication she's taking is to blame for her testing positive for meth use while out on bond for a drug possession charge.
The sister of Congressman Farenthold was arrested last week after her probation officer reported the positive test to the court of District Judge Angelica Hernandez.
Attorneys say Sue Farenthold is under a doctor's care. They say her doctor determined she wasn't a candidate for bariatric surgery and placed her on a weight loss program instead. Part of that program includes taking a drug called phentramin.
The attorneys say they provided her probation officers with a letter from the doctor that includes a list of medications that could provide a false positive on a drug test.
Judge Hernandez scolded the probation officer for not providing her clerk with a list of the prescriptions from the doctor or informing her of what drug Farenthold is taking.
She dismissed the case against her for violating her bond and ordered that Farenthold can continue to take the weight loss pills as long as she can provide a valid prescription for her pills.
Farenthold must be willing to pay for the drug testing that'll be needed to confirm that she has phentramin in her system.
She's plead not guilty to charges of drug possession filed following her arrest during a standoff at her Corpus Christi home in July 2012. Authorities acting on a tip about known gang members, drugs and guns surrounded the home. A SWAT team had to deploy tear gas to get everyone to come outside and surrender.
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