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Zion Park employees fired after testing positive for drugs

Zion Park employees fired after testing positive for drugs

Associated Press

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah - Four concession employees were arrested following an investigation by park rangers into illegal drug use, and 16 others were fired after failing or refusing to take a random drug test, Zion National Park officials said.

District Ranger Brent McGinn said that on Oct. 31, a ranger attempted to contact people in a concession dorm room about drug use last week. The concession employee lodge is behind the Zion Lodge in the park.

"At least two of the employees were able to escape before he gained access to the room," McGinn said. "Evidence found at the scene aroused suspicion about drug activity and distribution and the next day, we continued our investigation."

McGinn, along with Washington County Sheriff Deputy Kurt Wright and Wright's drug dog, found LSD, marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Employees Brietta Foster, 20, and Joseph Ulchinsky, 25, were arrested on first-degree felony drug distribution charges. Charles Henry, 48, was charged with second-degree possession of methamphetamine. A fourth employee was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

After the four were arrested, park rangers returned to the Zion Lodge to conduct random drug testing at the request of the concessioner, Amfac Parks & Resorts. McGinn said five concession employees failed a drug test and 11 refused to take it.

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