Uh-Oh, SpaghettiOs: Woman Jailed for Possession of Spoon

I’m not even joking about the woman jailed and the reason for it. The spoon in question actually had old, dried SpaghettiOs on it. I know, gross. But hardly illegal.

Ashley Gabrielle Huff, a 23-year-old from Commerce, Georgia, was in the passenger seat of a car when the driver was pulled over at a routine traffic stop by Gainesville Police. The details of the stop are unknown. But what we do know is that the cop located the suspicious piece of cutlery in the car, near Huff. He presumed it must have been used for drugs.

As a result of the spoon, Huff was arrested for possession of methamphetamines.

From the beginning, Ms. Huff maintained that the spoon didn’t have any drugs on it, and that it never had. The “residue” was tomato sauce from a can of SpaghettiOs. But why would they take her word for it? She’s just a druggie trying to get away with breaking the law.

And speaking of the law, they had no evidence that she had committed a crime. They had a spoon. It was all based on their “gut feeling” that that spoon was used to facilitate her drug use. As a result, she ended up spending at least 47 days in jail. The Gainesville Times reported:

Ashley Gabrielle Huff, 23, initially was charged with possession of methamphetamine. She maintained the residue on a spoon was spaghetti sauce, not meth.

After the analysis agreed, the charge was dismissed. She was released from the Hall County Jail on Thursday night.

“I think she said it had been SpaghettiOs,” Hall County assistant public defender Chris van Rossem said.

Huff was arrested July 2 by the Gainesville Police Department, suspected of having meth residue on a spoon, van Rossem said.

“From what I understand, she was a passenger in a car and had a spoon on her, near her, and I guess the officer, for whatever reason, thought there was some residue,” he said.

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,” van Rossem said.

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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.

What a mess she had to go through. She was rearrested on August 2nd and wasn’t released until mid-September, because she couldn’t afford to make bail. The public defender said she was even willing to take the felony just so she could get out of jail, even though she was completely innocent.

In the eyes of a cop who has a vested interest in making as many arrests as possible, everything is “suspicious.”