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NY police mistake Jolly Ranchers for crystal meth

Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:14:40 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 22 2013 10:18:15 AM CDT
Hard candy, similar to Jolly Ranchers

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New York City, NY (WPIX) -

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to crack down on sugary treats, but this may have gone too far.

One Brooklyn man was arrested by the New York Police Department for possession of Jolly Ranchers candy.

Love Olatunjiojo, 25, bought the candy from the It'Sugar candy store in Coney Island back in June.

The NYPD apparently thought the candy was crystal meth.

The man actually spent a day in jail where he was said to have suffered emotional distress. His lawyer said, "I don't know if these cops have been watching 'Breaking Bad,' but my client is not Walter White."

Two days after his arrest, an NYPD lab found the "rocks" to be Jolly Ranchers. The charges were dismissed in September.
Olatunjiojo is seeking an unspecified amount of damages for emotional distress, false arrest and imprisonment and illegal search and seizure.


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