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Woman sues after drug test misidentifies cotton candy as meth

A Georgia woman has filed a lawsuit against Monroe County authorities after deputies wrongly identified a bag of cotton candy as methamphetamine and arrested her on drug charges. She spent months behind bars as a result of the error.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for an alleged window tint violation on Dec. 31, 2016. After executing the stop, the officers realized that the windows were actually legal. However, they determined that both the car's driver and the plaintiff had suspended licenses. The officers then conducted a search of the vehicle and located a plastic bag filled with a blue, crystallized substance. The plaintiff said the substance was cotton candy, but the officers performed a roadside drug test, which came back positive as methamphetamine.

The plaintiff was taken into custody and charged with drug trafficking and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. A judge then set her bond at $1 million, an amount she was unable to pay. This forced her to stay in jail for three months and miss the birth of her twin grandsons. She was not released until the Georgia Bureau of Investigation performed a second test on the cotton candy and determined that it was not methamphetamine. The plaintiff is suing the Monroe County board of commissioners, the two deputies who arrested her and the company that manufactured the drug field testing kit for damages.

As this case demonstrates, not all drug arrests are properly conducted or legal. A defense attorney may help protect the rights of an individual charged with drug crimes. Legal counsel might be able to develop a defense and work to get the charges reduced or dismissed.

Source: AOL, "Georgia woman sues after drug test falsely labels her cotton candy as meth," Rachel Desantis, Nov. 25, 2018

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