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Student charged with cocaine possession after police find sugar in his room

By Mason White 12:52 PM October 16, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A student who wanted to play a prank on police, ended up behind bars and charged with drug possession, police in Florida said.

Miami police said that the incident unfolded after 21-year-old Jonathan Harrington, a student at the University of Miami, decided to play a joke and leave piles of sugar and aspirin on a table in his dormitory room.

According to the police investigation, before inspectors arrived at the dormitory, Harrington placed white powder on the coffee, as well as a rolled up dollar bill and seven white pills.

When police saw the sugar and pills, Harrington was arrested and charged with illegal possession of cocaine. Harrington told officers that the white substance was sugar, but they didn’t believe him.

The officers insisted that the white substance was $1,500 in cocaine. Harrington’s roommate, Kritos Vasiloudes, backed up the sugar story, but it did not help.

Harrington was charged with felony cocaine possession. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000.

Now, police said that they are ready to drop the charge against Harrington, after a lab test showed that the white substance was not cocaine.