This is where the War on Drugs has brought us:
Drug charges have been dropped against a Commerce woman after crime lab analysis confirmed her claim that a spoon she had in a vehicle leading to her arrest did not contain methamphetamine residue but spaghetti sauce.
Ashley Gabrielle Huff, 23, initially was charged with possession of methamphetamine. She maintained the residue on a spoon was spaghetti sauce, not meth.
After the analysis agreed, the charge was dismissed.
The kicker? The accused spent OVER A MONTH IN JAIL before being exonerated by the lab results.
Let me repeat that: A CITIZEN FORFEITED A MONTH OF THEIR LIFE BECAUSE POLICE THOUGHT A DIRTY SPOON IN A CAR WAS EVIDENCE OF A FELONY.
As the ads say, though: “but wait, there’s more!”
Attempts to obtain the original arrest report from the Gainesville Police were unsuccessful, and van Rossem was unfamiliar with other details related to the arrest.
Arrests and charges are matters of public record. It should be assumed automatically if such information is not forthcoming that the police agency involved is covering its tracks on something.
Speaking of covering tracks: I first read about this story over a day ago. When I went back to blog about it, I noticed the original story from the Gainesville Times is no longer available. That story emphasized — in the headline — the fact this person spent a month behind bars on a bogus charge.
And now it’s not online. Things that make you go hmmmm……
This nation will never know a rebirth of freedom until we stop trying to use state forces to ‘save people’ from their own bad decisions. The very attempt has caused more ‘collateral’ damage than a free people should ever consider acceptable.