NEW YORK, NY – What first started out as a sweet drug bust quickly turned sour.
A New York City man is suing the NYPD for allegedly falsely arresting him, after the crystal meth cops claim was in his pocket turned out to be Jolly Rancher Candies. Talk about being a sucker for sweets!
According to Jolly Rancher’s Facebook page, their technicolor candy packs “Arresting flavor”, but for 25-year-old Love Olatunjiojo, those little hard candies almost got him hard time.
Love says he and two buddies were stopped and frisked by NYPD officers, outside the It’Sugar Candy Emporium in Coney Island this past June.
The search supplied cops with what they thought was crystallized methamphetamine, even though Love and company claim they told cops it was just Jolly Ranchers — still in their wrappers — and bought at the shop they were standing outside of. The cops, maybe taking Bloomberg’s “War On Sweets” a little too literally and arrested Love anyway.
After detaining the accused meth-head for 24 hours, the boys in blue turned red-faced when test results showed the crystal rocks they found on Love, really were Jolly Ranchers. Oops!
All charges against Love were dropped, but that didn’t satisfy his sweet-tooth. The Jolly Rancher fan filed a federal lawsuit stating the NYPD caused him “emotional trauma and suffering.”
How many licks will it take to get to the center of this candy caper? Now, that’s something a judge will just have to suck on.