Via The Agitator…
In the New York Post: Two Bronx men free after ‘drugs’ turn out to be candy
Two Bronx men were locked up and left to rot in a filthy jail cell for nearly a week after a pair of cops mistook their candy for a bag of crack.
The “drugs” were finally tested five days later and determined to be popular Coco (coconut) Candy. The charges were dropped.
The trouble began the night of Jan. 15, as JosÃ© Pena, a 48-year-old plumber, and his longtime pal and colleague Cesar Rodriguez, 33, were headed to a party, and decided to stop at a bodega on 181st Street and the Grand Concourse.
When they came out, cops were waiting and asked to search their Ford minivan. “I said â€˜Go search.â€™ I even opened the door,” Rodriguez told The Post.
Lesson #1: Never, ever, ever, ever, agree to a search. If you’re guilty, you’re helping them catch you. If you’re innocent, you’re wasting your time, you’re taking a chance since they aren’t required to fix anything they break, you’re leaving yourself open for being charged for something you didn’t know about that fell out of a friend’s pocket, and you’ve got the possibility that a couple of morons will think your coconut candy is crack and throw you in jail for a week.
An officer rummaged around, came out holding a “Hello Kitty” sandwich bag, and shouted “Bingo!” the men said.
“Itâ€™s only candy!” Rodriguez said, as the cops handcuffed him and Pena, and several other police cars rushed to the scene. […]
“Can you test it? Can you taste it?” Rodriguez asked the cops. “Shut up!” they replied.
“I didnâ€™t know having candy was a crime,” he said. […]
The Bronx District Attorneyâ€™s office confirmed that the case was dropped after authorities realized there were no drugs. The NYPD had no comment.
Today’s drug war. Guilty until proven innocent.
Check out some of the comments…
why should the cops be suspended???? if it looks like crack and is in a plastic bag they should be arrested regardless, if they didnt arrest them and it was crack and they sold it to one of your kids you liberals would be going nuts on the cops, and as for tasting it?? wtf if some1 asked me to taste crack and risk my life with all the chemicals its cut down with i’d tell them to screw themselves its my life or thiers, this is a no brainer, both men arrested and have the alleged drugs sent to the lab for testing
Lock em” up anyhows……
Just because they didn’t find drugs on these two this time doesn’t mean that they’re not guilty…
Lesson #2: There are a few real knuckledraggers who read the NY Post.