Man spends months in jail before test finds his 'drugs' were actually vitamins


A man locked up in jail for almost three months after being arrested for drug possession has been released – because tests show the "drugs" were in fact vitamins.

Joseph Burrell, 31, was arrested in Mankato on November 14 after an initial test on a bag of powder found in his car was positive for amphetamine, and since then had been waiting to go to trial for two felony counts of drug possession, the Mankato Free Press reports.

But, the Associated Press notes the charges were dropped and he was released Feb. 4 after a "most expensive and more accurate test" found the powder was actually legal vitamins.

Burrell, who had just finished a course of drug rehab treatment, was critical of the time it took to get the test results, telling the Free Press it took a month for prosecutors to send the powder for testing, and another month before the results returned.

"I had been sitting in the jail since November with my bail set at $250,000," he told the newspaper. "Then, two days before trial, they dropped the charges and let me go."

This report from KTOE at the time of Burrell's initial arrest reveals he was stopped because he was driving without headlights. It was then police found the "drugs." He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, for fleeing an officer on foot.

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