GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A woman spent more than a month in jail after officers confused leftover SpaghettiOs for drugs.
Deputies arrested Ashle Gabrielle Huff, a 23-year-old with no criminal history, after they found a spoon covered with a suspicious residue inside the car she was riding in.
Huff was arrested on July 2 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, but she maintained the entire time that the residue on her spoon came from a snack, not drugs.
She was booked into the Hall County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine. She spent more than a month in jail after she could not afford bond,
According to the Hall County Comprehensive Justice Information System, Huff had not been charged with any type of felony or drug-related offense prior to the incident.
“She’s maintained all along that there’s no way in hell that’s any sort of drug residue or anything like that,” Lawyer van Rossem said.
Attempts to obtain the original arrest report from the Gainesville Police were unsuccessful, and van Rossem was unfamiliar with other details related to the arrest. Gainesville Police spokesman Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said the department would defer to the district attorney’s office.
Van Rossem, who was assigned Aug. 11 to Huff, began the process of a plea deal. The district attorney’s office filed a dismissal Thursday following the crime lab’s analysis.
“The Crime Lab report showed no controlled substances on the spoon submitted for testing,” according to a dismissal signed by Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.
Huff originally attempted going through the Hall County Drug Court but wasn’t able to make all the appointments, van Rossem said. Huff was then reincarcerated Aug. 2 and was unable to make the bond payment, he said.
“I think what the unfortunate part about her case is that she was probably willing to take the felony to close out her case so that she get out of jail, even though she always maintained innocence,” van Rossem said.
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