Woman Spends More Than Month in Jail for Possession of SpaghettiOs

| by Michael Allen

Ashley Huff was arrested by police in Gainesville, Ga., who found a spoon in her car that they believed contained methamphetamine residue.

Huff repeatedly told police officers that the residue on the spoon was spaghetti sauce, but they charged her with possession of methamphetamine on July 2, reports The Gainesville Times.

Huff was locked up in Hall County Jail for more than a month until last Thursday night when she was finally released following a crime lab’s analysis that the residue was spaghetti sauce.

“I think she said it had been SpaghettiOs,” Hall County said assistant public defender Chris van Rossem.

“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," added van Rossem.

“She’s maintained all along that there’s no way in hell that’s any sort of drug residue or anything like that,” van Rossem stated. “I think what the unfortunate part about her case is that she was probably willing to take the felony to close out her case so that she get out of jail, even though she always maintained innocence.”

The Gainesville Police claim they were acting in good faith, but refuse to release the original police report.

According to KRON 4, Huff may sue the Gainesville Police Department, Hall County Jail and the D.A.’s office for malicious prosecution and unlawful arrest.

Jordan Richardson, of the conservative The Heritage Foundation, defended the right of the Gainesville police to arrest Huff because of probable cause, noted the Daily Signal.

The Heritage Foundation often complains about "big government" providing health care and environmental protections for Americans, but supports the failed "War on Drugs."

Sources: The Heritage Foundation, Daily Signal, KRON 4, The Gainesville Times