Daniel Thieman went before a judge on Monday and blamed his actions on a heroin habit and a lack of sleep. The judge was unmoved and set bail at $250,000.
Store surveillance video shows a man believed to be Thiemam lingering around the pork sausage in the middle of the store's meat case Friday morning. Moments later, a syringe is found sticking out of a tube of sausage.
In court documents, the 33-year old said he didn't plan to inject the sausage and didn't mean to hurt anyone. He called his actions "ridiculously stupid," and told police he was high on heroin at the time and severely sleep deprived.
He also said the syringe was unused and didn't even have a needle on it, according to court papers.
"We did not find that needle on the syringe, so we are assuming that needle is in some other package," said Poulsbo deputy police chief Robert Wright.
For everyone's safety, Walmart destroyed the entire case of sausage, which had a value of $19,000.
Shoppers in the store couldn't believe the story, but Poulsbo police believe it's all part of a new drug trend.
"Heroin is real big in Poulsbo and the whole North Kitsap area," Wright said.
He said heroin is cheap and available, and the three highways running through town make access easy. He's hoping the Walmart scare will heighten awareness in the area.
"It takes community involvement," he said. "The schools, everybody working together to try to put a reign on this."
The state's crime lab is now looking into whether the syringe was clean or not.