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Woman Jailed for One Month After Cops Confused Her SpaghettiOs for Meth

Allie Jones
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Woman Jailed for One Month After Cops Confused Her SpaghettiOs for Meth

Think twice the next time you want to gorge on SpaghettiOs in the privacy of your own car. Georgia resident Ashley Gabrielle Huff, 23, just got out of jail after spending over a month there because cops confused some leftover SpaghettiOs on her car spoon (we all have them) for meth.

The Gainesville Times reports that Huff was arrested on July 2 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, but she maintained the entire time that the residue on her spoon came from a snack, not drugs. She attempted to go through drug court, but was jailed on August 2 after missing a bond payment. She was finally released from jail last Thursday after a crime lab analysis determined, once and for all, that the "meth" was just some dried spaghetti sauce.

Hall County assistant public defender Chris van Rossem told the Times, "From what I understand, she was a passenger in a car and had a spoon on her, near her, and I guess the officer, for whatever reason, thought there was some residue. She's maintained all along that there's no way in hell that's any sort of drug residue or anything like that."

According to the Hall County justice system, Huff had never faced drug charges before this incident.


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This was in Florida, afterall.  It doesn't have to make sense. 


Commerce woman, police dispute spoon in meth case

By Nick Watson
September 26, 2014 10:30 p.m.
Gainesville police and a Commerce woman disagree on the contents and color of a spoon that led to a drug charge against her that was later dropped.

Ashley Gabrielle Huff, 23, maintains the spoon had only spaghetti sauce. Gainesville police officers thought differently after conducting a field test of the spoon July 2.

The charge of possessing methamphetamine was dismissed, according to the Hall County district attorney’s office, after a crime lab analysis.

“I’m just happy to be free again,” said Huff, who was released on Sept. 18 from the Hall County Jail.

Gainesville police provided The Times with the arrest report this week, the result of a traffic stop for a tag light violation.

The officer’s report states he received consent to search Huff’s 1994 Ford Explorer, and searched a bag with the name “Ashley” printed on it. The officer described Huff, a passenger, as “nervous,” noting sores on her face, arms and legs. Inside the bag was a spoon with a “clear, crystal-like substance,” according to the report.

Huff disputes the claim, saying it was orange SpaghettiOs spaghetti sauce, as she told the officer in the police report.

“I found it strange that she would eat SpaghettiOs with a metal spoon while riding in a vehicle, and then put the spoon back in a bag,” the report reads.

The officer reported he found a glass smoking device in the bag as well before conducting a field test for methamphetamine.

“I tested the spoon with a field test kit, and the crystal-like substance on the spoon showed a positive indication for methamphetamine,” the report reads.

Huff was arrested and taken to Hall County Jail.

“It was so stressful,” Huff, 23, said. “Nobody believed me. I said I had SpaghettiOs on my spoon. Nobody believed that. Everybody thought it was hilarious, but that was exactly what it was.”

Huff told The Times the spoon and the SpaghettiOs were from a friend, as she and the other three people in the car were driving to a friend’s house in Gainesville.

“We had been riding around, and I threw the can in the trash because I was eating them straight out of the can,” she said. “I just threw the spoon in my purse because I had borrowed it from a friend — the can of the SpaghettiOs and the spoon.”

The district attorney’s office issued a dismissal for Huff’s charge after further analysis on the spoon.

“The Crime Lab report showed no controlled substances on the spoon submitted for testing, “ according to the dismissal signed by Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

After missing a pretrial hearing, Huff said she gave Jackson County police a false name, leading to 13 days in jail. Huff was reincarcerated in the Hall County Jail on Aug. 2 for a Superior Court arrest order and could not afford bond, her public defender Chris van Rossem said.

As a result of the incarcerations, she missed her kids’ birthdays and lost her job at Waffle House. She said she has been seeking legal counsel.

“I have come to the conclusion that I will probably never go back to Hall County again,” Huff said.
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Faith or facts?  I prefer facts and things that are proven objectively.

"The testing done at the press conference replicated that done earlier by the researchers, who found that a surprisingly large number of common substances generated false positive results for the presence of drugs. "While testing the specificity of the KN Reagent test kits with 42 non-marijuana substances, I observed that 70% of these tests rendered a false positive," said Dr. Omar Bagasra, director of the Center for Biotechnology, who conducted the experiments.

False positive field drug tests can ruin your day. Ask Don Bolles, drummer for the punk band The Germs. He was arrested and jailed for three days in April 2007 because a field test said the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap he had with him tested positive for GHB. That field test was done with the NarcoPouch 928, another in the ODV line. Later testing revealed the 928 would generate false positives with a wide variety of natural soaps, as well as soy milk."


"But in other jurisdictions, false positives have landed innocent people in jail. Last fall, a state trooper pulled over a couple on I-78 in Lehigh County for driving 5 m.p.h. above the speed limit and veering too close to the next lane.

The smell of marijuana led to a search of their rented Mercedes-Benz, which contained four pounds of a white powdery substance wrapped in plastic bags. The woman who was driving, Annadel Cruz, said it was homemade soap. A field test determined it was cocaine." http://articles.philly.com/2014-07-18/news/51663589_1_drug-annadel-cruz-bucks-county

Were you unaware of this fact?  If so I bet many others also are unaware.  There is over 1 million unique hits on google for "drug field test  false positive"
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Okra raid yesterday and Spaghetti O's today.


Maybe they're starting a War On Food to make up for lost revenues from the failed War On Drugs.

I agree. I think they may have seen this coming, need to set food precedence.

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