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EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Some East St. Louis employees will likely lose their jobs after the city surprised them with random drug tests one week ago.

It was a detective indicted as part of a heroin trafficking ring that lit the fire of East St. Louis Alvin Parks to conduct the random drug tests. Parks tells KMOX News that frankly, the tests were long overdue.

Parks says test results are trickling in and some are still being administered. He says some employees have already tested positive for drugs and those positive tests have been sent to the lab.

Parks expects all of the results back late Friday, adding, “I guess some employees thought we’d never test them again after they were hired. Well, surprise surprise.”

Wednesday, East St. Louis detective Orlando Ward, 41, stepped down from the force. Ward faces federal charges stemming from an alleged plot to sell cocaine.

KMOX News also called several other cities to find out if they conduct random drug tests. Many comply with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act covering those with federal contracts. Arnold, Edwardsville, and St. Charles officials all say anyone using city vehicles and carrying a commercial drivers license are subject to random drug testing as is any employee suspected of using drugs.

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