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OffbeatCotton candy mistaken as meth put a woman in jail for months

03:30  27 november  2018
03:30  27 november  2018 Source:   11alive.com

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Cotton candy falsely tests positive for meth during traffic stop in Monroe County. Fincher remained in jail for nearly four months , because she couldn’t pay the cash bond. In March 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations lab tests came in – stating the substance in the bag was not an illegal drug

A Georgia woman spent more than three months in jail on drug charges after sheriff’s deputies mistook congealed “I knew it was cotton candy , and for him to come back and say it was meth , I Then , a deputy pulled out the plastic bag with the blue substance in it, put it on the hood of his car

A Monroe County woman who was stopped for darkly tinted windows on New Years Eve in 2016 spent nearly four months in jail, after a roadside drug test falsely labeled a bag of cotton candy as methamphetamine.

Now, she’s suing the county, the deputies that arrested her and the company that manufactured the roadside drug test.

Dasha Fincher told WMAZ that the officer pulled her over, searched her car and found a large open plastic bag of cotton candy. When she explained the blue substance was candy – Fincher said the officers didn’t believe her.

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Woman spends 3 months in jail after cotton candy mistaken for meth . A woman has sued a Georgia county, claiming she was jailed for three months over a misidentified bag of cotton candy . She spent four months in jail due to not being able to afford the bail. In March 2017, the charges

A Monroe County woman spent nearly 4 months in jail after a bag of cotton candy falsely tested positive for methamphetamine during a police Fincher remained in jail for nearly four months , because she couldn’t pay the cash bond. In March 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations lab

“They said the results from the roadside kit came back as positive,” Fincher said.

Monroe deputies Cody Maples and Allen Henderson arrested Fincher. She was charged with meth trafficking, possession and intent to distribute.

A judge set her bond at $1 million, according to the lawsuit. Fincher remained in jail for nearly four months, because she couldn’t pay the cash bond.

In March 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations lab tests came in – stating the substance in the bag was not an illegal drug and there were “no controlled substances confirmed in the sample.” All charges against Fincher were dropped in April 2017.

Police also determined the dark-tinted windows were legal.

Fincher’s lawsuit argues that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was reckless and negligent and violated her civil rights.

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A Monroe County woman says she was sent to jail for several months after a roadside drug test falsely labeled a bag of cotton candy as methamphetamine . USA TODAY.

A woman from Monroe County, Georgia, said she spent over three months in jail for possessing cotton candy , CBS affiliate WMAZ-TV reports. Fincher was arrested and charged with meth trafficking and possession of meth with intent to distribute.

“I want Monroe County to pay for what they did to me,” Fincher said. She said she missed out on major life events while she was locked away.

“My daughter had a miscarriage. I wasn’t there for that. My twin grandsons were born. I missed that,” she said.

Fincher’s suit also states that the roadside test, manufactured by a company in North Carolina called Sirchie Acquisitions, has a history of false positive tests.

According to the lawsuit, the roadside test, called Nark II,  sells online for $20 for a box of 10. There is a disclaimer on the company's website warning that the test detects compounds that can be found in both legal and illegal products, and that results are merely presumptive and not proof of anything.

Sirchie Acquisitions has not responded to requests for comment.

This sort of issue is not unprecedented.

An 11Alive investigation in January 2018 found that over 250 officers across Georgia are trained as "drug recognition experts," but some drivers have been accused of being stoned behind the wheel -- even though their drug tests come back as clean.

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months in jail —all because the cops thought her cotton candy looked like meth , WMAZ reports. The windows reportedly wound up being totally legal, but that wasn't exactly the worst mistake police would So Fincher was hauled off to jail for meth trafficking with the intent to sell and slapped with a

A woman in Georgia who spent three months in jail after police thought blue cotton candy in her car was methamphetamine due to a faulty drug test has now filed a federal lawsuit against officials who stopped her and the manufacturer of the test kits. Dasha Fincher spent three months in jail with bond

One woman was arrested after driving home from work in Cobb County, after an officer accused her of smoking marijuana. She spent the night in jail and had her alcohol service permit revoked; after four months, the prosecutor dropped all charges against her because her blood test came back completely clean.

Another Cobb County woman also spent most of 2016 fighting a DUI charge after officers accused her of smoking marijuana -- even though her drug test came back negative as well.

In Florida, a man was arrested after police saw white glazed crumbs on the floorboard of his car – which turned out to be from a Krispy Kreme doughnut, according to NPR. The man spent 10 hours in jail before he was released on bail.

A 2016 investigation by ProPublica and the New York Times found that thousands of people are sent to jail every year based on false positive results from field drug testing kits.

Monroe deputies Maples and Henderson were not trained in identifying street drugs or in performing the Nark II test, the lawsuit stated.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office referred WMAZ to the Monroe County attorney, who could not be reached for comment. Fincher’s lawyer said the defendants have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit after it is served.

Fincher said the experience made her a bit paranoid, but she’s happy to be back with her family.

“I never want to go through this again,” she said.

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