Dasha Fincher, a Georgia woman who spent three months in jail for possessing cotton candy, has filed a federal suit against Monroe County board of commissioners, two sheriff’s deputies, and Sirchie Acquisition Company, the parent company of a drug test administered during her traffic stop around December 31, 2016.
Ms. Fincher was pulled over for a traffic infraction on New Year’s Eve 2016 for having a dark window tint. (The windows were later revealed to be perfectly legal.) The two deputies claimed the driver and her passenger were in possession of expired licenses.
While examining her vehicle, the deputies saw a large plastic bag filled with blue cotton candy, which they mistook for drugs. Fincher submitted to a roadside drug test, which falsely determined her a bag of cotton candy to be meth.
She spent the period of January 2017 to April 2017 in jail, but was shortly cleared of charges after the drug test proved to be false.
Here’s a recap of the incident:
Fincher said when Monroe deputies Cody Maples and Allen Henderson saw a large open plastic bag inside the car, she told them it contained blue cotton candy but they didn’t believe her.
The deputies used a roadside field test that said there was meth in the bag.
Fincher was arrested and charged with meth trafficking and possession of meth with intent to distribute.
A judge set her bond at $1 million, her lawsuit said, but Fincher remained in jail because she couldn’t pay the cash bond.
But in March 2017, GBI lab tests came back to say that the substance in the bag was not an illegal drug.
This is a serious error on the part of the cops.
How could this have occurred? Was there adequate training to determine cotton candy from meth? It appears that’s not the case. I hope Ms. Fincher is successful in her suit and is compensated for damages incurred by this experience.