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Man jailed for honey!

 International Desk

 Published: 08:44 PM, 25 August 2019  

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Life is called honey when it becomes full of happiness. In this sence, life is compared to the sweetness of honey. But there is no precedent in which someone's life has become poisonous because of that sweetness. It happened in the life of Leon Houghton, Jamaica.

He likes honey in his tea. Which is why during his Christmas visit to relatives in Jamaica, he made his regular stop and bought three bottles from a favorite roadside stand before heading home to Maryland.

It was a routine purchase for him until he landed at Baltimore’s airport. Customs officers detained Haughton and police arrested him, accusing him of smuggling is not honey but liquid meth.

Haughton spent nearly three months in jail before all charges were dropped and two rounds of law enforcement lab tests showed no controlled substances in the bottles.

By then, Haughton, who, according to his lawyer, had no criminal record, had lost both of his jobs as a cleaner and a construction worker.

“They messed up my life,” Haughton said. “I want the world to know that the system is not right. If I didn’t have strong people around me, they would probably leave me in jail. You’re lost in the system.”

Months after his release, he is only now fully rebuilding his life after the setback devastated him and his family of six children.