Monday, January 25, 2010

That Candy Is Almost as Addictive as Crack Cocaine

The one of the two gentlemen in the picture spent 5 DAYS IN JAIL because coconut candy found in their work van by an idiot cop was mistakenly believed to be crack cocaine according to an amazing account in the New York Daily News:

"Cops accused Cesar Rodriguez and Jose Pena of having crack cocaine in their work van, but it was only coconut candy, they said Friday.  Charges were dropped after tests showed they were telling the truth, but the two men plan to file a $2 million suit against the NYPD.'I spent five days in jail for possession of coconut candy,' said Rodriguez, 33, an ex-con who works as a plumber's assistant.  He and Pena were parked near an Arthur Ave. bodega Jan. 15 when two police officers asked to search their green Chevy Venture van, the men said.  The cops found pieces of the crystalline candy - known as crema de coco and sold in bodegas across the city - in a plastic baggie.  Officer Anthony Burgos of the 48th Precinct arrested the duo for drug possession despite their insistence they were guilty only of a sweet tooth, Rodriguez said.'I kept telling him it is candy,' he said.  Rodriguez and Pena were locked up on a Friday night and didn't see a judge for arraignment until that Sunday, said their lawyer, Neil Wollerstein." 
Being an ex-con meant Rodriguez was not able to obtain an affordable bond and he spent 5 days in jail, while Pena spent 3 days, incacerated.

 Nice police work, there.

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