One woman is suing after what she claims was a bag of cotton candy was falsely labeled during an investigation, landing her four months in the slammer.
According to USA TODAY, Dasha Fincher is suing Monroe County, GA, the deputies who arrested her, and the company that ran her drug test after she was arrested New Year's Eve 2016 during a routine traffic stop.
Just before the arrest, deputies found a large plastic bag in Fincher's car. After questioning her about it, Fincher said the bag contained blue cotton candy.
You guessed it...deputies didn't believe her, and through a roadside field test they determined there was actually meth in the bag.
Fincher was arrested and charged with meth trafficking and possession of meth with intent to distribute. She sat in jail because she couldn't afford the $1 million bond, the lawsuit said.
In 2017, lab results revealed the bag did not contain meth and that the substance was not an illegal drug at all. Charges against Fincher were dropped four weeks later.
So how did this all go wrong? The suit argues that the cotton candy's blue food coloring would likely cause a false positive test, and alleges the deputies were not trained in ID-ing street drugs.
Lesson learned for all of us here in Minnesota...finish all your cotton candy before you get in the car at the Minnesota State Fair. (But also like, don't be stupid at all.)
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