Woman Jailed for Buying 2 Boxes of Sudafed at the Grocery Store

It was July of 2010, and Florida resident Mickey Lynn Goodson’s allergies were flaring up again. The pharmacist at her local Winn-Dixie suggested that she buy a couple boxes of Sudafed.

Little did she know, however, that while Sudafed is perfectly legal and is widely available over the counter in any grocery store, if you dare buy more than one box, even if that was what was recommended by the pharmacist, that means you’re obviously trying to manufacture meth at home, which is illegal. She got her two boxes and left.

She barely made it back to her car in the parking lot after making her illegal purchase when officer Moore in an unmarked police car drove up and blocked her and her husband’s car, detaining them. The cop asked her if she had just bought Sudafed. When she answered in the affirmative, he confiscated the boxed meth ingredients and instructed her and her husband to sit tight while more officers arrive. Alternet continues with what happened next:

Defendant Buckhalt arrived, with other deputies, and searched the Goodsons’ car. They were taken to a sheriff’s station, where Buckhalt asked if he could search their home. The Goodsons said no, “unless there was a search warrant. Buckhalt then said, ‘Oh, I’ll get a search warrant,'” according to the complaint. 

After being held for two to three hours, Goodson says, she left the Sheriff’s office. She was arrested and handcuffed on her front porch, by a deputy who asked her, “What have you gotten rid of?” Goodson says. She replied, “I don’t know what you are talking about,” but was taken back to the county jail and booked in, charged with possession of a controlled substance. 

“Plaintiff was arrested on her front porch after Buckhalt obtained a search warrant on false and misleading statements and evidence,” the complaint states. “Later, when an Order Granting Motion to Suppress was entered suppressing all evidence received pursuant to the search warrant, the Judge stated that ‘had the magistrate been aware of the omission [of critical evidence and facts in the documents signed by Buckhalt to obtain the search warrant] he would not have found sufficient probable cause for issuance of a warrant.” (Brackets in complaint.)

We know they were both involved in a high-profile meth operation, because Mrs. Goodson bought Sudafed. And since police couldn’t find anything in their house, that obviously meant that the Goodsons must have destroyed their meth lab or somehow moved it off-site.

They did finally drop the charges some 15 months after her arrest. And not surprisingly, the Goodsons are suing for false arrest, false imprisonment and Constitutional violations. Unfortunately, it’ll be taxpayer money that will be awarded to the Goodsons if they win, but the offices involved should be the ones to foot the bill.