When college freshman Janet Lee packed her bags for a Christmas trip home two years ago, her luggage contained three condoms filled with flour — a stress-relief contraption that she and some friends made as part of a dorm project.
Philadelphia International Airport screeners found the condoms, and their initial tests showed they contained drugs. The Bryn Mawr College student was arrested on drug trafficking charges and jailed. Three weeks later, she was released after a lab test backed her story.
Lee filed a federal lawsuit last week against city police, seeking damages for pain and suffering, financial loss, and emotional distress. She was arrested on Dec. 21, 2003, and was held on $500,000 bail and faced up to 20 years in prison had she been convicted of the drug charges.***
Airport screeners found the condoms filled with white powder in Lee’s checked luggage shortly before she was to board a plane to Los Angeles to visit her family. She said she told city police they were filled with flour and that they were stress-relievers, not drug packages.
Police told her a field test showed that the powder contained opium and cocaine, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. A lab test later proved the substance was flour — and prosecutors dropped the charges, the newspaper reported Thursday.
I hope she wins (despite how mind-bogglingly stupid I think it is to have four condoms filled with flour), and wins everything she is asking for. I do take issue with this aspect of the Penn Live write-up:
Many records in the case remain confidential, inaccessible even to Lee’s lawyers.
“I believed her story because things just didn’t add up,” Oh said.
The field tests were odd because they detected the presence of not one drug but three, he said.
“People don’t mix drugs like that,” Oh said.
Oh yeah? Explain this:
In all seriousness, though, I hope she wins. Big.