Police make mistakes and get overzealous in the name of caution (or out of spite, or to fill their quota). This “better safe than sorry” policy can lead you to some pretty epic screw ups.
Ashley Huff was a passenger in a car that was pulled over and arrest for possession of Meth. The “Meth” in question was actually a dirty spoon covered in Spaghetti-O’s. She told the officer what it was, the police claimed the spoon tested positive for drugs, and the lab found… Spaghetti-O’s! All jokes aside, the mess-up cost her her freedom for a few months, her reputation, and peace of mind.
In a similar case of mis-identification, two friends were charged with possession and trafficking of cocaine. What they “possessed” was bars of homemade soap. The officer said it tested positive for coke but the lab said it was clean and clear, no drugs.
And who knew that possession of Jolly Ranchers, in the wrapper, was a crime. Two friends in NY were arrested and released after another mis-identification and “positive” field test. That error in judgement cost NY $33,000.
You don’t have to be guilty of anything to be arrested, not when the arresting officer can provide reasonable suspicion or “proof”.
With an R3 Membership, you have support and resources. Just in case.