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Officers’ mistake leads to wrongful imprisonment

The Arizona justice system is meant to presume innocence until guilt is proven. However, there are some situations in which officers’ assumptions may come into play. In some cases, these presumptions may lead to unsubstantiated arrests. Depending on the situation, this may lead to unwarranted jail time or even wrongful convictions.

A 31-year-old male was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned for possession of methamphetamines. He was detained by law enforcement officials in Mankato, Minnesota. The officers had searched the man’s vehicle and found tablets, which they believed were amphetamines. The man had taken illegal substances in the past, but informed officers that the pills they found were for shoulder pain. A field test of the tablets produced positive results for amphetamine.

The arrestee was held in jail until the test results on the pills were returned to law enforcement officials. These results indicated that the tablets were vitamins. When this was revealed, the charges against the arrestee were dropped and he was released. In total, he had been in jail for nearly three months.

Reports do not indicate whether the man is pursuing any legal action against Mankato’s law enforcement authorities.

Drug crimes carry serious penalties. As such, it is important to mount a strong defense in the face of any drug charges. If you have been treated unfairly due to your past and are currently facing charges for drug possession or possession with intent to sell, you may want to speak with an attorney. This can help you determine your next steps.

Source: New York Daily News, “Supplemental evidence: Minnesota man jailed 3 months on drug charges freed after tests show pills are vitamins,” Lee Moran, Feb. 18, 2015 

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