The NYPD sure knows how to spend our money. On the same day a lawsuit alleged NYPD wrongdoing in arresting a human rights lawyer for standing on the sidewalk, the city has reached a settlement in the case of three men who were arrested on suspicion of selling crystal meth. The meth, however, turned out to be Jolly Ranchers.
“To my knowledge there is no evidence in the scientific literature that crystal meth looks like Jolly Ranchers or rock candy, other than from the 'Breaking Bad' show,” the plaintiffs' lawyer Kenneth Smith told The Daily News.
Love Olatunjiojo, Omar Ferriera and Jimmy Santos were arrested last year in Coney Island. The cops, in their defense, said they had no way of knowing whether the meth was meth or was actually just candy, but that they had been tipped off by an undercover officer that the two men had been selling drugs. Olatunjiojo and Ferriera were arrested as they exited the It’Sugar candy shop, their pockets full of Jolly Ranchers.
The three men were held for twenty-four hours before they were released, and the NYPD officers insist a field test for the Jolly Ranchers showed that it was a controlled substance. Controlled for maximum sweetness (or sourness, depending on the flavor). But the NYPD lab results determined it was, in fact, just candy.