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Man spends months in jail after bringing honey back to the U.S. that customs claimed was meth

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An innocent man spent months in jail after customs officials thought honey he brought back from Jamaica was liquid meth

A Maryland man spent nearly three months in jail after US Customs and Border Protection agents at Baltimore's airport thought honey he had brought back from a trip to Jamaica was liquid meth.

Leon Haughton told The Washington Post that he was jailed for 82 days after officials at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport alleged that the three jars of honey were actually meth on December 29.

Twenty days after his arrest, a state police lab determined that the honey, which he bought at a roadside stand in Jamaica, was in fact honey, not methamphetamine. And so the felony drug charges were dropped. But he remained in jail because, as a green card holder, the felony charges had triggered an immigration detainer.

He wasn't released until charges were dropped entirely when a federal lab test confirmed there were no drugs in the honey.

Haughton, a Jamaican native and green card holder with no prior convictions, told The Post that this was the first time he had been stopped by customs in the 10 years he had been traveling back and forth to visit his mother.

Charging documents seen by The Post said that prior to Haughton's arrest, officers told Haughton that the honey bottles, which were clear, had gold-colored screw tops, and were labeled "honey," tested positive for methamphetamine.

The felony drug counts were dropped to misdemeanors on January 23, after lab tests first detected no drugs in the honey. But because an immigration detainer was triggered because of his green card status, Haughton remained in jail on misdemeanor charges instead of being granted bail.

Haughton's lawyer, Terry Morris, tried to contact US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to lift the detainer, but the government was in the midst of a shutdown and he was unable to reach anyone.

Haughton was finally released from jail on March 21, after 82 days spending incarcerated, when a federal test determined the bottles were in fact filled with honey.

Now he's trying to put his life back together. After losing his job while in jail, he is now working as a bread truck driver.

"I'm scared to even travel right now," Haughton told The Post. "You're innocent, and you can end up in jail."
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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 10:51 AM
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Haughton's lawyer, Terry Morris, tried to contact US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to lift the detainer, but the government was in the midst of a shutdown and he was unable to reach anyone.



thats quite worrying that the government is in such a state during their summer holiday that no-one is actually there to address these things.

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Re: Man spends months in jail after bringing honey back to the U.S. that customs claimed was meth

I just read this story elsewhere, and all I can say is "what the fuck America?"

Hows the system so fucked that even when its been proven its honey, and charges have been dropped they couldn't release the guy from prison? 3 months in jail for nothing, this should have been over and dealt with in days at the absolute most.

This is actually really fucked, like imagine being this guy. Sitting in jail for honey, you know you've done nothing wrong, even the judges and everyone else get to a point where they know you've done nothing wrong, and its proven to just be honey yet they cant release you.
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It baffles me how common sense can't seem to prevail in these situations. It seems impossible to just take a step back and decide 'well he's clearly innocent, let's just leave him be'. I feel there should be some sort of common sense law enforcement that deals with these awkward problems so that the law can still be observed as much as possible without ignoring common sense.
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Re: Man spends months in jail after bringing honey back to the U.S. that customs claimed was meth

I'm not saying it was because he was black but it was because he was black...

3 fucking months in jail for Honey? Does he have any legal recourse here?
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Lawsuits are overdone but in this case it needs to be done.

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Re: Man spends months in jail after bringing honey back to the U.S. that customs claimed was meth

The man lost three months of his life forever.

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The man lost three months of his life forever.
Consider this also: with the new policy that Trump put in place to deny citizenship to legal residents who are poor, by losing his job he might have also lost his chance to become a citizen.

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Man three months in jail over some damn honey? The justice system hasn't failed us yet.



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Re: Man spends months in jail after bringing honey back to the U.S. that customs claimed was meth

wow this is terrible. I would sue the fuck out of them so hard then



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