If you are like me, you remember this catchy little jingle from your childhood. It recalls to mind the savory meatballs, getting spaghetti sauce on my clothes, and making my mother’s laundry duty that much more difficult.
Whether you loved them, or hated them, I doubt that you ever confused SpaghettiOs with drugs. Can you remember the last time you got high off meatballs? Yea, me either.
During a traffic stop, police noticed a dried, “mysterious” substance on a spoon that was on, or near, Ms. Huff. In stereotypical police fashion, they arrested Ms. Huff because they suspected that the residue on the spoon was methamphetamine.
Ms. Huff, however, claimed that the substance on the spoon was spaghetti sauce. She said there was “no way in hell” that the residue was from drugs.
Even though the police had no solid evidence, they still locked Ms. Huff up while they ran lab tests on the unknown residue. When the lab test came back – nearly 30 days later – the test confirmed what Ms. Huff had said said all along – that the residue was spaghetti sauce.
While this story might seem comical at first, it really does bring to light how broken our system is when it comes to dealing with drug related, or suspected drug related, offenses. Before this incident, Ms. Huff had no prior criminal convictions for drug possession, but, because law enforcement suspected she may have done meth, or possessed meth, they had the power to arrest her and let her sit in jail for weeks.
This is unacceptable.
What is equally unacceptable is the fact that Ms. Huff actually considered a plea deal to avoid lengthy legal proceedings. As this Daily Signal article points out:
Jordan Richardson, a visiting legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, said police are within their rights to make an arrest when there is probable cause and that this case is no exception.
Richardson did raise concerns about the plea deal Huff was considering before the results came back from the crime lab.
“The scary thing is that when she was confronted with jail and a fine, even though she turned out to be innocent, it was easier to take the punishment,” said Richardson.
An innocent woman sitting in jail for weeks is unacceptable, and precautions should be taken so that a situation like this does not occur again.
In the meantime, stay away from the SpaghettiOs. You wouldn’t want the police mistaking the meatballs for tiny bombs.