Two years ago, a Staten Island man named George Pringle was frisked and found to be in possession of some peppermint candy, which officers insisted was crack and refused to field-test. The city has settled Pringle’s false-arrest lawsuit for $42,500, but the candy-drug confusion doesn’t seem to be an isolated incident: Earlier this week, a Brooklyn man filed a lawsuit against the NYPD for detaining him after his Jolly Ranchers allegedly field-tested positive for crystal meth. Let’s stop all this before someone mistakes Fruit Blasters for actual glocks. [DNAInfo, Earlier]
No, this isn’t illicit.