A former Georgetown police officer fired for drinking cactus juice is fighting to get her job back.
Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero said Stephanie Hoskins Brown drank the juice of a San Pedro cactus that was cooked so that it produced mescaline, a hallucinogenic drug that is illegal in Texas.
Brown said her ex-boyfriend, former Round Rock police officer Eric Poteet, gave her the cactus juice, saying it was an “herbal cleanser.” She said she did not know it contained mescaline when she drank it once with him in the summer of 2012.
She was fired in June and is now waiting for the results of an arbitration hearing held in August. The results should be announced around November, Nero said.
Police began investigating Brown, 31, in January after Poteet told authorities that she drank the cactus juice. The investigation showed that Brown knew that the cactus juice contained mescaline, Nero said.
“She was terminated for ingesting what she knew was a controlled substance and for being untruthful during the investigation,” he said.
Brown said she still doesn’t know what she drank. She said Poteet, who left the Round Rock Police Department a few years ago, was “a retired police officer and a trusted friend for over a decade.”
“I had no reason to believe he would be cooking now what he claims is a controlled substance in his kitchen,” she told the Statesman on Thursday.
Brown said she thinks Poteet reported the incident to the police because he was upset that she was seeing another man. She said she got married in May.