Having to go to jail is a horrible experience as it is, but imagine sitting in jail for weeks for a crime you didn’t even commit. That’s exactly what happened to a 31 one year old man from Mankato, Minnesota by the name of Joseph Ray Burrell, according to Mankato Free Press.
Surprisingly, he spent a few months in jail waiting to go to trial for two felony counts for drug possession with a bond of $250,000 when his charges were later dismissed two days before his trail date of February 4th.
Back in November 2014, Burrell was pulled over in the parking lot of the Riverfront Drive Hy-Vee grocery for driving without his lights on. When the officer discovered that there was a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court, his car was searched. The officer spotted a plastic bag containing about half an ounce of crystal-like shards and the initial field tests identified the substance as containing amphetamine.
Burrell, who had just completed an in-patient program at a drug treatment center in Waverly named New Beginnings, claims that he has done drugs before but that the bag contained vitamins prescribed to him for a sore shoulder, not amphetamines. It turns out that his claim is actually true. According to assistant Blue Earth County attorney, Chris Rovney, Burrell’s charges were dropped after a more accurate and more expensive test was performed on the substance and found that it was indeed vitamins and did not contain any trace of amphetamine.
Although his charges were dismissed in this case, Burrell still faces other drug charges in nearby Le Sueur County, but they’re now being challenged too. The charges are for possessing large amounts of methamphetamine with the intent to sell it, but there is no evidence linking him to any sales with the exception of a statement by another suspected drug dealer involved with the same case.