A Brooklyn man isn’t so sweet on the NYPD after officers apparently held him for 24 hours on suspicion of drugs – drugs that, after a lab test, turned out to be Jolly Rancher candies. Talk about a sucky situation.
As The Daily News reports, “NYPD cops nabbed a Brooklyn man for possession of crystal meth but the drugs turned out to be a handful of perfectly legal Jolly Rancher candies, a lawsuit says.” There’s a reason some druggies refer to their vice of choice as “candy,” but typically it’s not because they’re smoking Jolly Ranchers.
An NYPD officer involved in the arrest confidently swore under oath that he was trained to identify narcotics and further information showed that the Jolly Ranchers tested positive as narcotics during a field test. Of course, this all leaves the rest of the world to wonder what the heck is even in those things. Maybe they should be illegal.
Unfortunately, Love Olantunjiojo wasn’t exactly jolly after he was held overnight with an unidentified friend as police tested the substances in a lab. Two days later, the police’s findings turned the case as sour as a green apple candy.
Now, Olantunjiojo is suing based on claims that he suffered emotional distress due to the false arrest, as well as an illegal search and seizure and false imprisonment.
The story adds that the client’s lawyer Kenneth Smith stated that his client is not Walter White. Of course, hopefully the police guessed that after determining that Love doesn’t live in New Mexico, isn’t a 50-something-year-old high school chemistry teacher and — perhaps most importantly — wasn’t even actually selling drugs.
Perhaps the NYPD are just doing their part to make the harboring of sugary sweets in New York a crime, since apparently banning super-sized soft drinks isn’t enough. Still, the whole thing is bound to leave a bad taste in Olantunjiojo’s mouth — just like those terrible grape Jolly Ranchers that are always left at the bottom of the bowl.