Man Spends 3 Months in Jail For Chewing Mints Thought To Be Crack

August 19, 2009

Florida (ChattahBox) – A man has sued the city of Kissimmee, FL after he was wrongly arrested for drug possession, which turned out to be breath mints.  They don’t call the state Flori-dah for nothing.

Don May had just gotten gas, and was chewing on a couple of Rolaids and breath mints he had bought at the station.

Officer Eric Rice, however, believed that it was crack cocaine, claiming he saw May buy drugs at a traffic light. He took a sample of the mints and sent them to the lab.

In the meantime, May was arrested for drug possession and sent to jail, where he spent a ridiculous three months because he couldn’t make bail.

At the end of those three months, the lab proved that the mints were just that…mints.

While May has been released, his life is not as it once was. He has lost his apartment, most of his possessions, and his car to a police auction, after it was taken into state custody as evidence.

He is now suing the state for wrongful arrest and imprisonment, and is also filing a civil suit against Officer Rice.

Rice is no longer employed with the police department, and they are currently looking for him in order to serve his summons. So far, they have had no luck.

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3 Responses to “Man Spends 3 Months in Jail For Chewing Mints Thought To Be Crack”

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 19th, 2009 4:04 pm

    Welcome to Amerika. Your paperz, pleaze!

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