A New York City man is suing the NYPD, 3 officers and the DA after he was arrested on June 20th for possession of methamphetamine. Love Olatunjiojo of Brooklyn and two friends were randomly searched by 3 NYPD officers. The officers found the Jolly Rancher candies, which were still in their original wrappers and arrested 2 of the 3 men. The third man was arrested after he told the police it was only candy. He was charged with interfering with an officer.
One of the officers claimed he had done a field test on the candies and found them to be narcotic, but the NYPD lab tested them and found them to be candy. Even after the lab's finding on June 22nd, the DA refused to drop the charges and Olatunjiojo had to go to court on September 19th, at which time the charges against him were dropped.
The DA's office has offered no explanation why Olatunjiojo's charges weren't dropped right after the lab tests were done and as of yet, no charges have been filed against the officer who told the DA he had tested the candy and found them to contain narcotics. Also, no explanation has been made as to why they were stopped for a search in the first place.
Olatunjiojo is suing for an unspecified amount of damages. No word from City Hall as to whether they plan on banning Jolly Rancher candy.