'Victories' in the Drug War: Criminal Charges for Ibuprofen, Twelve Years in Prison for Cough SyrupSubmitted by Forever Liberty on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 22:09
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.