Imagine Spending a Month in Jail Because Police Mistook Your Homemade Soap for Cocaine

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The police should've just listened.

Two people spent a month behind bars because police were convinced that the homemade soap in their vehicle was cocaine. According to the Huffington Post, 26-year-old Annadel Cruz was stopped by troopers on Interstate 79 in Lehigh County, Penn. back on Nov. 13 for traveling at five miles over the speed limit. A trooper claimed to smell marijuana, and Cruz admitted to smoking, as well as carrying a small amount of it in her bra. 

During a search, the trooper discovered two small, white bricks in clear packaging. Though Cruz claimed they were homemade soap, they somehow reportedly tested positive for cocaine during a field test. Both Cruz and 30-year-old Alexander Bernstein were arrested and charged with cocaine trafficking, while Cruz was given additional charges for traffic violations and marijuana possession.

However, after a month, officials determined that the substance was actually soap. On Dec. 11, the charges against Bernstein were dropped and Cruz was released from prison. The next move? Lawsuit.

[via The Huffington Post]

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