FARMINGTON — A San Juan County Fair Association official said an animal at this year's county fair tested positive for drugs, but an investigation revealed no one intentionally drugged the animal and no action was taken.
Ben Hazelwood, the president of the fair association's board of directors, said "there was a false positive. It isn't an issue. We didn't take any action."
Michael Davidson, the San Juan County parks and maintenance director, said he spoke with fair officials about the issue. Davidson oversees McGee Park, which is a county-owned facility leased to the San Juan County Fair Association as part of an agreement between the two entities.
He said he was told a pig tested positive for a banned substance. Fair officials met with the pig's owner and family and determined it was unintentional and not significant.
He said he didn't know specifics about the drug test and wasn't at the Fair Board monthly meeting in October.
The Fair Association "did their own investigation," Davidson said.
Hazelwood declined to elaborate on what a "false positive" was and said the fair board wouldn't release information on the source of the questioned drug test or discuss drug-testing procedures and results at the 2013 San Juan County Fair.
Blaine Williams ran the swine show at the San Juan County Fair for about six years but wasn't part of the event this year.
He said fair associations have their own rules and procedures for the tests for drug-testing animals, he said.
Williams said he only came into contact with suspected illegal drugs once during his years operating the swine show. He said a competitor was caught injecting a pig and was immediately disqualified.
"They agreed to pull out of the competition and haven't returned to the fair since," he said.
The fair association's board of directors meets on the second Tuesday of each month and the meetings are open to the public.Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.