Cotton candy lovers beware: Given the right circumstances, apparently, your favorite fluffy sugar treat can test positive for… meth?
A Georgia woman is suing after spending months in jail for just this set of circumstances.
Dasha Fincher was pulled over on New Year’s Eve 2016 for her tinted windows — which the officers later admitted were perfectly legal. Fincher said Monroe deputies Cody Maples and Allen Henderson noticed an open plastic bag in her car and assumed the worst, even though she told them it was just blue cotton candy.
Side note: For you “Breaking Bad” fans out there (maybe the cops were fans, too?) but blue meth isn’t actually a real thing. As close to pure as Walter White made his famous meth, the impurities would actually give it a yellow tinge.
“Fincher’s lawsuit argues that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was reckless and negligent and violated her civil rights,” 13WMAZ reported. “The suit said the test was manufactured by Sirchie Acquisitions, a company based in North Carolina. The test, called Nark II, has a history of false positive test results, the suit says.”
“Blue food coloring used in the cotton candy would likely cause a false positive test result, the suit argues,” 13WMAZ added.
As Reported By NY Daily News:
When the test came back positive, Fincher was arrested and charged with meth trafficking and possession of meth with intent to distribute.
Fincher said she remained in jail for three months because she could not afford the $1 million bond set by a judge, and missed major life events while locked up, including the birth of her twin grandsons.
She was released only when lab tests from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined in March 2017 that the substance in the bag was not an illegal drug. The charges against Fincher were dropped four weeks later.