Sep 2, 2019
Leon Haughton was returning home to Bowie, Maryland after visiting relatives in Jamaica. That’s when drug-sniffing dogs at BWI airport supposedly “identified” three bottles in his luggage as containing drugs. An initial field test indicated that the bottles contained methamphetamines. Only one problem – the three bottles actually contained honey!
But there was nothing sweet about what happened to Haughton. Police took him immediately to a detention center. It took a whole 20 days for a lab to finally confirm that the bottles weren’t drugs. Then due to bureaucratic “hurdles,” he was forced to wait another 62 days before they finally released him, after 82 days. No surprise that he lost his two jobs, as a cleaner and a construction worker.
Haughton said to reporters, “I just want the world to know that the system is not right.”