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Doughnut glaze confused for meth by police

Californians might be interested in a case that was recently filed in Florida against the city of Orlando and a drug testing company. According to court documents, a man filed a lawsuit against both the testing company and the city after he was falsely accused and arrested for allegedly possessing methamphetamine.

The man stated that in Dec. 2015 an officer stopped him for a minor traffic violation. During the encounter, the officer reportedly asked the man if she could search his car. The man said that the officer could, and she subsequently picked up a white substance that she found on the floor. According to the man, the officer initially said that the substance was crack cocaine before changing her mind and saying that she believed that it was meth.

The man claims that he told the officer that what she saw was glaze from a donut he had eaten earlier in his vehicle. The officer tested it with a field drug test made by Safariland, a drug test manufacturing company. The test returned positive results twice, and the man was arrested. He was held in jail for 10 hours before he posted a bond of $2,500. The prosecutor initially filed charges against the man but later dropped them when the confirmation test came back from the forensics lab showing that the test results had actually been false positives.

Being accused of possessing methamphetamine is serious. People who are charged might want to get help from a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer may be able to challenge how the evidence was seized and the stop and search were performed. He or she might negotiate a favorable plea or secure dismissal of the charge.

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