Man Detained for 82 Days for Meth That was Actually Honey
Article from Reason by Billy Binion.
Leon Haughton, a legal green card holder from Jamaica who has lived in Maryland for almost 10 years, arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on December 29 following his yearly pilgrimage back home. U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained him. For what, he wasn’t sure.
Maryland Transportation Authority Police then arrested him, telling him that the bottles in his bag labeled “honey” had tested positive for methamphetamine. A police dog sniffed Haughton’s bag raising suspicion that he had drugs, and a field test at the airport yielded positive results for meth. He spent the next 82 days in jail.
Except the bottles really were full of honey. Maryland State Police lab test results confirmed that on January 17, and prosecutors dropped three felony drug counts six days later.
Yet he stayed in jail. On January 24, Haughton and his lawyer sought his immediate release on bail. But the state was still pursuing a misdemeanor possession charge, the lab results notwithstanding, because Maryland’s lab is not fully equipped to test liquids.
Read the entire article at Reason.
Possession of honey ? Really potent bees?
Would this article be news is the guy was white. Believe me it happens to white people. This is obviously not right and unfortunate. Tragic? Not as tragic as many stories but he will be made an example of the evil of ICE, police, the legal system and on and on and on and on……give me money
We wouldn’t be having this “problem” with illicit drug trafficking/honey packing if users had any self respect. Well, they wouldn’t be “users” then, would they.
Sounds like the recipe for a false imprisonment case. Who gives a damn what color he is? I hope he’s able to secure an aggressive, relentless attorney.