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'Victories' in the Drug War: Criminal Charges for Ibuprofen, Twelve Years in Prison for Cough Syrup

Houston resident Eddie Darnell Bassett has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for possession of cough syrup found in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Lexington, Texas resident James Anderson, whose car was searched during a traffic stop in tiny Manor for an expired registration tag, was more fortunate: A gratuitous charge of “possession of a dangerous substance” — in his case, a bottle of ibuprofen — was dismissed by a judge.

Bassett, who was stopped for speeding, made the mistake of telling a Texas State Trooper that he had been smoking marijuana earlier in the day, thereby providing “probable cause” for a search. Although no evidence of marijuana use was found in the vehicle, the officer spotted a plastic Coke bottle containing a red, viscous residue, which he “believed to be codeine cough syrup,” reports the Palestine Herald.

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