Mistaken Identity: Man Gets Arrested After Brooklyn Cops Confuse Breath Mints With Molly (Photo)

Mistaken Identity: Man Gets Arrested After Brooklyn Cops Confuse Breath Mints With Molly (Photo)

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Undated handout of ecstasy pills, which contain MDMA as their main chemical

Cops arrested a Brooklyn man on suspicion that the white breath mints in his pocket were actually ecstasy. In April, 46-year-old Ron Hankins was strolling when officers stopped him and demanded to search him, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court. In his pockets they found several loose “Pow!” brand energy breath mints and, being thorough members of the NYPD, inquired about the pills’ provenance. “Mr. Hankins explained to the officers that what they had found were mints and not drugs and asked the officers look at and smell them to confirm,” according to the suit. “He told them to break them up, to sniff them, to do whatever they had to do,” Gabriel Harvis, attorney for Mr. Hankins, explained to the Post. “But they didn’t.”

Mints

Cops turned down Hankins’s offer, choosing instead to arrest him and throw him in the slammer for 30 hours. Charges were eventually dropped in October, but Hankins and his team won’t let the case rest on principle. “There are groups of people in this city who can carry as many breath mints as they want without being interrogated and arrested,” declared Harvis. “Fresh breath is not a crime.”

Source: New York Post

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