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Trainer Suspended After Greyhound Doping Tests

July 27, 2017

 

Greyhound trainer, Charles McClellan, was cited for a Class 1 drug violation after 12 dogs in his care tested positive for Benzoylecgonine—a metabolite of cocaine.  Under Florida law, it is illegal for a "for an animal to have a prohibited substance" in its system while racing.  § 550.2415(1)(a), Fla. Stat. (2017).  The State requires that the winner of each race—along with a randomly selected dog—must be drug tested after races.

 

For a first-time Class 1 drug violation the State may fine the licensee $500 to $1000 and revoke or suspend the license up to one year.  Fla. Admin. Code R. 61D-6.012(1)(a).  For each subsequent violation, the State may fine the licensee $1000 to $5000 and revoke or suspend the license no less than one year.  Id.  McClellan's dogs have tested positive for cocaine 18 times in 4 months.

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