3-month sentence for syringe in sausage at Poulsbo Walmart

3-month sentence for syringe in sausage at Poulsbo Walmart
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — A man who left a syringe plunged into a package of sausage at a Walmart store in Poulsbo was sentenced to three months in the Kitsap County Jail.

The Kitsap Sun reports 33-year-old Daniel Oaks Thieman of Kingston pleaded guilty to first-degree malicious mischief for the Oct. 25 incident and agreed to pay restitution.

Walmart threw out $19,000 worth of meat as a safety precaution after a customer found the syringe in a package of Jimmy Dean sausage.

Thieman was identified through surveillance video. He told police he made a stupid decision while sleep-deprived and high on heroin.

He also said the syringe was unused and didn't even have a needle on it, according to court papers.

Shoppers in the store couldn't believe the story, but Poulsbo police believe it's all part of a new drug trend.

"Heroin is real big in Poulsbo and the whole North Kitsap area," Wright said.

He said heroin is cheap and available, and the three highways running through town make access easy. He's hoping the Walmart scare will heighten awareness in the area.