A Florida man claims he was jailed for six weeks over a misidentified bag of laundry detergent.
On Dec. 5, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a “suspicious van” in a parking lot and found 29-year-old Matt Crull sleeping in the vehicle.
A deputy allegedly tested a bag that was found inside of the van and told Crull it was heroin. It was laundry detergent.
“He showed me a picture of the field test kit that he supposedly conducted, on his phone. He never actually showed me the real test kit,” Crull told reporters. “I just looked at him baffled and confused because I had no idea as to where 92 grams of heroin came from inside my van.”
Crull was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin. His bond was set to $500,000.
“(It’s) very surreal when you’re sitting in jail with a half a million dollars bond,” Crull told the news station, “and you can’t go anywhere knowing that you didn’t do wrong.”
WPTV reports the officer who arrested Crull, Deputy Steven O’Leary was fired after an investigation found he had jailed at least 11 innocent people on drug charges.
“No matter what we do, no matter how hard we try, just based on the law of possibilities there’s always a possibility that one bad apple will slip through,” said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.
Crull said he may sue for damages. “I’m not saying he ruined my life,” Crull told WPBF25, “but he definitely caused me a lot of emotional distress and a lot of stress on my family.”