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The Ellis County Press
                WAXAHACHIE – A county jail inmate who says he’s innocent of failing a drug test and said others are in the same situation can’t obtain the adult probation department’s proof.

                Scott Lohman, incarcerated in downtown Waxahachie for a string of alleged drug and robbery infractions, said while on probation, the county claimed he failed a hair follicle test, of which officials in the department have denied to both Lohman’s lawyer and The Ellis County Press.

                In a multi-page letter to this newspaper sent last week, the adult probation department requested an opinion from state Attorney General Greg Abbott on the specifics of releasing the results of the drug test.

                Alfred Mims, a former Waxahachie school board member and the department’s director, referred all requests for comment to the county/district attorney’s office.

                Law enforcement authorities allege Lohman and several other inmates of participating in numerous drug and property crimes throughout the county, but the inmates – who signed a sheet of paper with full names and phone numbers willing to go forward – said the positive drug tests the county alleges they come back with aren’t released to them.

                Despite court records not being privy to open records laws, positive drug test results can spur probation revocations and sometimes, prison or jail terms.

                Lohman’s lawyer, Waxahachie attorney Vance Hinds, refused to talk with this reporter, but through Lohman’s girlfriend, Hinds reportedly can’t obtain the drug test results.

                A typical AG opinion ruling is likely to take three to six months, which Lohman said (via correspondence with this reporter via letter) could be too late.

                Lohman said he has other inmates and residents of the Kevin’s House Half-Way house near Ennis that are willing to talk about their difficulties in obtaining the drug-test information.

                Routine drug tests are given to the adult and juvenile probation population. Lohman said his legal team went to an outside drug testing lab and the hair follicle test proved negative; however, Lohman said, the county wouldn’t accept the results on an allegation Lohman was tested after a date in which his drugs would have cleared his system.

                Full disclosure: Lohman’s probation officer, William Riley (though declining to comment for this story), is this reporter’s pastor.

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