Woman Jailed for a Spoon before Charges Dropped

A story about a woman jailed for spoon, seems like it should come from another country. But it happened in the U.S.


The police are insisting that they were merely “acting in good faith,” but their victim suffered a great deal due to a false accusation.

KRON 4 reports, “Woman Busted for Possession of SpaghettiO’s Sauce May Sue.”

A Florida woman may pursue legal action against police and prosecutors after she spent more than a month in jail for possession of SpaghettiOs.

Police say they arrested 23-year old Ashley Gabrielle Huff after they found a spoon covered with a suspicious residue inside the car she was riding in.

From the beginning Huff insisted that she wasn’t using, selling, or making methamphetamines.

The woman spent more than a month in jail while her attorney tried to arrange a plea bargain. That’s when the crime lab report came back confirming the spoon was encrusted with spaghetti sauce.

She was then released from custody.

Police say they were acting in good faith.

Who cares if they acted “in good faith”? They had nothing but a spoon until the lab confirmed there was an illegal substance on it. How could they arrest her on the basis of a “field test” which seems to have no lasting remainder other than a cop’s word that he gave the spoon a field test.

Weirdly, he claims he also found a pipe in her purse but no one seems to have found any drug residue in the pipe. How does that make any sense.

According to the Gainesville Times she lost her job because of the time she was incarcerated. She also missed children’s birthdays.

Huff was arrested and taken to Hall County Jail.

“It was so stressful,” Huff, 23, said. “Nobody believed me. I said I had SpaghettiOs on my spoon. Nobody believed that. Everybody thought it was hilarious, but that was exactly what it was.”

Huff told The Times the spoon and the SpaghettiOs were from a friend, as she and the other three people in the car were driving to a friend’s house in Gainesville.

“We had been riding around, and I threw the can in the trash because I was eating them straight out of the can,” she said. “I just threw the spoon in my purse because I had borrowed it from a friend — the can of the SpaghettiOs and the spoon.”

The district attorney’s office issued a dismissal for Huff’s charge after further analysis on the spoon.

“The Crime Lab report showed no controlled substances on the spoon submitted for testing, “according to the dismissal signed by Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

Huff did give a false name to police at one point, so I’m not claiming that she is a perfect citizen. But she was obviously put under duress by a false accusation.

[See also, “Cop’s Tip for Avoiding Rape by Cop: Obey Traffic Law.”]

The government harassed and persecuted this woman for a month for no reason and this is considered perfectly acceptable, not in some banana republic in the Southern hemisphere but in the United States of America.