Truck drivers thrown in jail after police mistook baking soda for cocaineBy Mason White 5:49 PM November 20, 2016
|Wendell Harvey and Gale Griffin|
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) Two truck drivers of Draper, Utah, are very angry after spending months behind bars for no reason.
Wendell Harvey and his wife Gale Griffin spent two and a half months in jail after police mistook baking soda for cocaine.
They two were only released from jail after their attorney demanded a new test and it showed that the white substance was baking soda.
The incident unfolded while they were driving in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Police stopped the truck and began a search. They found three bags filled with baking soda and tested them.
Officers told the couple that the test results revealed that the substance was cocaine with an estimated value of $300,000.
Harvey and Griffin told police that they transport explosives for the U.S. military and have top security clearance, but officers did not care.
The two truck drivers were charged with trafficking in cocaine and were booked into jail. Their bail was set at $10,000 each.
Unable to post bail, they remained in jail.
After two and a half months, Harvey and Griffin’s attorney demanded a new test on the substance, and it revealed that the white substance was just baking soda.
The charges were dropped and the couple was released from jail.
The couple are no longer allowed to work with the U.S. military as they lost their security clearance as a result of the false drug charge.