A man spent almost three months in custody in U.S. , because he brought 3 jars of honey from Jamaica. American customsofficers namely assumed that the dense and sticky fluid is a liquid form of methamphetamine. The Washington Post has now reported on the case at the turn of this and last year.
45 years old Leon Haughton, who comes from Jamaica, but lives for nearly ten years in American state of Maryland, brings honey from his motherland for christmas, that he likes to put in his tea, said The Washington Post. He also brought the sweet delicacy to his home in the U.S. last december in three jars. But at the Baltimore airport, his bags were marked by a service dog.
Police officers that accused Haughton, that he’s trying to smuggle liquid methamphetamine instead of honey to the U.S., sent father of six with a clean record to custody, in the end, he spent there 82 days. Moreover he was threatened by at least 25 years in prison.
Twenty days after Haughtons arrest on the airport, tests from the local police laboratory proved the police officers wrong, that these jars contain natural sweetener instead of illegal drugs. However, the Maryland police lab was apparently not equipedenough, so the sample from jamaican bottles went to the Federal laboratory in Georgia.
The result arrived after almost three months from the arrest – negative result, so Haughton was released to freedom on March 21.
In addition, the situation was complicated by the fact that while the man was in custody in the United States, there was a government budget emergency by a dispute between Donald Trump and opossition democrats over the construction of a wall that Trump wanted to build on the US-mexican border. So Haughton’s lawyer was unable to contact the immigration authorities, whose actions could have helped a lot.
Meanwhile being in custody, Haughton, that has residence and work permission in U.S., lost both his jobs, as cleaner and construction worker. ,,They destroyed my life” said Haughton to The Washington Post. “I want the world to know, that the system is really not alright. They’d probably leave me in prison, if I wouldn’t have strong people covering my back. You get lost in that system.” he added.