One Georgia resident is enraged and baffled after being forced to spend months in jail on drug charges. What was the evidence that led police to charge her with carrying drugs? A sweet cotton candy snack that was discovered on the passenger-side floorboard during a routine traffic stop. Now, the Georgia resident is fighting back by suing the two officers who arrested her, the company responsible for the drug test and Monroe County for failing to adhere to the ideal of “innocent until proven guilty.”
Dasha Fincher’s trouble began on December 31st of 2016 when a police cruiser turned on his lights behind her vehicle. Fincher was nervous, but she pulled over to the side of the road and complied with all of the officer’s demands. According to police, Fincher was originally stopped due to her “very dark window tint.” After informing the driver about the tinted windows, police asked for consent to search the vehicle. Knowing that there was nothing of concern inside the car, Fincher agreed to the search. That’s when deputies found what they described as a “blue, crystal-like substance.”
Fincher told authorities that the substance was cotton candy. Officers performed a field test, and the cotton candy somehow tested positive for both MDMA and methamphetamine. In response, Fincher was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute and trafficking. Her one-million-dollar bond was unreachable, so she sat in jail until a lab test eventually revealed the substance’s true nature three months later.