NYPD mistook Jolly Rancher candies for crystal meth: lawsuit

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CONEY ISLAND (PIX11) – “My client is not Walter White,” said the lawyer of a Brooklyn man with a sweet tooth who was jailed in June for selling methamphetamine.

Officers arrested Love Olatunjiojo, 25, while he walked with a friend in Coney Island.  A search turned up six “crystalline rocks of solid material,” four of which were blue, the other two red.

The only problem?  The “crystalline rocks” were actually Jolly Rancher candy purchased at the It’Sugar store on Surf Ave., according to attorney Kenneth Smith.

“I don’t know if these cops have been watching breaking bad, but my client is not Walter White,” Smith said.

Police confuse Jolly Ranchers for meth

“I don’t know if these cops have been watching breaking bad, but my client is not Walter White,” Smith said.

The “rocks” somehow tested positive during a field test by one of the officers who, according to a Criminal Court complaint, “had professional testing as a police officer in the identification of methamphetamine.”

Olatunjiojo was jailed for 24 hours as the narcotics lab performed a comprehensive test that turned out negative for any controlled substances.

Police released the Brooklyn man,  but he had to return to court in September to face a misdemeanor drug count that had been left on his record.

Olatunjiojo is says he suffered “emotional trauma” and “severe mental pain and anguish” during his arrest, strip search and imprisonment.  It is unclear what compensation he is seeking.