Arrested for importing three bottles of honey

This gripes me.  Here’s a guy, holding down two jobs (construction and cleaning) who had his life destroyed by US Customs because he brought three jars of honey home from Jamaica while returning from holidays.  He declared the honey in Baltimore when he landed (as one must). But customs insisted he had ‘liquid meth’ after a sniffer dog made a mistake.  After the man was arrested, jailed for almost three months, and lost his jobs, the results came back that the stuff was honey.  No controlled substances. The officers wouldn’t believe their own labs’ results (but they believed the dog), so they ran the tests again while the guy waited in prison.  Same results – no smuggled drugs of any kind.

“Someone dropped the ball somewhere,” Haughton’s lawyer said. “An innocent man spent 82 days in jail for bringing honey into the United States.”

Meanwhile, millions of pounds of rice-sugar honey are smuggled through circumvented routes and the offenders get…. nothing.  When will people wake up, insist their guards enforce the laws that need enforcing, and leave the average Joe alone?

Full story:

Innocent man spent months in jail for bringing honey back to United States

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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3 Responses to Arrested for importing three bottles of honey

  1. Emily Scott says:

    No wonder jails are overcrowded. Seems like the cops didn’t want to admit they made a mistake.


  2. Speechless and pushed is how I feel reading stories like this one. When will we finally wake up,. Clean up or act and put politics behind facts, not in front of it.
    Sadly it paints a picture I have of US population and US political landscape.
    Need to wake up. WAKE UP. WAKE UP.


  3. I keep hearing people talking about imported Counterfeit ‘Honey’ (adulterated/cut with corn or sugar syrup:/) scams and this is the person who’s arrested? Balderdash!!


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