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Punk drummer says liquid is soap, not drug

April 11, 2007 at 11:21 AM   |   Comments

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 11 (UPI) -- Punker Don Bolles says he's clean of possession charges because the goo field-tested by Newport Beach, Calif., police really is soap, not a date-rape drug.

When stopped last week for a broken taillight, Germs drummer Bolles -- real name Jimmy Michael Giorsetti -- said police found a bottle of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in his van, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. Field-testing indicated the liquid was GHB, a date-rape drug and Bolles was arrested on suspicion of felony narcotics possession.

Bolles, released Sunday, insisted the liquid was soap chock full of natural ingredients. "I've been using Dr. Bronner's for 35 years," the 50-year-old told the Times.

Executives at Escondido, Calif.-based Dr. Bronner's took up Bolles' defense, hiring marijuana specialist Bruce Margolin to represent the musician. Another of Bolles' bands, Fancy Space People, set up a Web site to accept donations for his $2,500 bond.

The soap maker is used to run-ins with the law, said company President David Bronner, the newspaper said. Among the soap's ingredients is hemp oil, which tests occasionally indicate as THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Topics: Don Bolles
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