A Georgia woman was mistakenly put in jail for a month because police officers confused spaghetti sauce on a spoon with methamphetamine residue.
23-year-old Ashley Gabrielle Huff was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Gainesville officers found a spoon with dried residue in her car during a routine traffic stop. She maintained that the residue on the spoon in her car was spaghetti sauce from canned SpaghettiOs, but officers did not believe her.
Police were convinced that the residue was from meth and they arrested Huff, who had no criminal history. She was sent to Hall County Jail for two days while cops conducted tests on the residue.
Huff was also ordered to seek drug counseling. She wasn’t able to make all of her appointments, so she was arrested again.
From August 2 to September 18 of last year, Huff was put in jail as she was unable to make her bond payment.
Finally, she was finally released from jail after tests proved that Huff was telling the truth and the residue on the spoon was in fact spaghetti sauce.
“I think what the unfortunate part about her case is that she was probably willing to take the felony to close out her case so that she got out of jail, even though she always maintained innocence,” said Hall County assistant public defender Chris van Rossem.
Sources: Gainesville Times, Daily News