Attorney: Client ate ‘everything’ bagel, did not take drugs

July 24, 2017

This undated photo provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's office shows Jason Blomgren. Federal supervision officers have cited concerns that Blomgren, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to impede federal employees from carrying out their work at Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, has been using opiates, which would be a violation of his release conditions, based on a positive result for morphine on a May, 2017, urinalysis test. Blomgren's defense lawyer and investigator argue, based on an outside expert's opinion and review of the test results, that eating an everything bagel with poppy seeds for breakfast every day could not be ruled out as the source of the morphine results. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge says his client tested positive for morphine because he ate an ‘everything’ bagel with poppy seeds.

The Oregonian/Oregon Lives reported Monday (http://bit.ly/2eIZoQd ) that a federal judge in Portland, Oregon has ordered Jason Blomgren to avoid poppy seeds in addition to drugs.

Blomgren took a plea deal for his role in the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last year and is expected to be sentenced to probation next month.

He had been subpoenaed by the government to testify in a trial against Ammon Bundy and other leaders of the refuge occupation, but was not called as a witness.

Blomgren now says he will eat egg whites for breakfast.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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