A Minnesota man was released from jail this week after spending close to three months in custody for possession of vitamins.
The man, 31-year-old Joseph Burrell, was arrested last November after police claimed that a vitamin powder found in his vehicle was actually illegal amphetamines.
Charged with two counts of felony drug possession, Burrell was incarcerated on $250,000 bail while the substance awaited final testing at the state crime lab.
“I told the judge I couldn’t plead guilty to something I knew wasn’t a drug,” Burrell told the Mankato Free Press. “They set my bail at $250,000 for vitamins.”
After spending weeks behind bars, Burrell was quietly released only days before his trial. Man Released after Months in Jail for Possession of Vitamins
“I had been sitting in the jail since November with my bail set at $250,000,” Burrell said. “Then, two days before trial, they dropped the charges and let me go.”
Lab analysis corroborated Burrell’s claims after the powder did in fact turn out to be mere vitamins, not speed, as officers had claimed.
Even more concerning, Burrell stated that police waited more than a month to send the evidence to the crime lab after his arrest.
Similarly, the crime lab also waited one month after testing the substance to return it back to prosecutors.
As deplorable as Burrell’s situation is, many have not fared as favorably.
A multi-year investigation into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab by the Department of Justice uncovered rampant tampering of evidence.
Frederic Whitehurst, former supervisory special agent in the FBI crime lab for more than a decade, joined the Alex Jones show in 2010 to discuss the FBI’s long history of fabricating and altering evidence. Whitehurt blew the whistle in the 1990s and forced the agency to adopt new guidelines in order to ensure greater oversight.