A Florida man spent three months days in jail after officers mistook drywall dust in his car for cocaine.
“I know for a fact (that) it’s drywall because I’m a handyman,” Cashe told WFTV. “I said that continuously during the arrest stop.”
In March, police began pulled over Cashe for driving without headlights. The officer ran his license to find out that Cashe was on probation for drugs. Police accused him of violating curfew. Then, they searched his car with a K-9, and told him a field test came back positive for cocaine, according to Fox35.
“They say they found that on the seat and once they got that, they looked under the seat and found some crushed up whatever,” Cashe said.
Cashe was arrested and booked into jail, charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine, and violating his probation.
He was released from jail after lab results showed that there were no drugs in his car. The State’s Attorney dropped the all charges. Police learned that their system wasn’t up to date, and Cashe wasn’t breaking curfew according to Fox35.
“I sat there 90 days knowing I was innocent,” Cashe said.
Police said there would be no internal investigation, and that they followed protocol. They are unsure what caused the positive field test. Cashe said he wants police to make up for the lost time.
“I want some compensation from them. When I make a mistake I’ve got to pay for it, that’s why I was on probation, it’s no different for them."
[Seminole County Jail]