Can You Tell the Difference Between Candy and Meth? The NYPD Needs YOU!


In what may be one of the weirdest ways that Breaking Bad has infiltrated our culture with all its talk of blue meth and, uh, I don’t know what else (sorry, I’m still only on season 2! I’m busy!), NYPD officers got so confused this past summer that they confused Jolly Ranchers with crystal meth, and arrested two Brooklyn men, one of whom is now suing the police department.

The Daily News reports “NYPD cops nabbed a Brooklyn man for possession of crystal meth but the drugs turned out to be a handful of perfectly legal Jolly Rancher candies.” Apparently, the two men “purchased the sweets at the It’Sugar candy emporium on Surf Ave. in Coney Island” and were then apprehended by the police, who initially thought the Jolly Ranchers were crystal meth, before finding out two days later, after a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis, that the red and blue crystals were just sugar, not drugs. The News spoke with “Mike Levine, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent,” who “said he couldn’t comment on what suspicion led the cops to stop Olatunjiojo, but pointed out that crystal meth and Jolly Rancher candies look a lot alike.”

Which, maybe? But only if the Jolly Rancher candies weren’t in their little plastic wrappers. And why wouldn’t they be in their little plastic wrappers? What kind of drugs would someone have to be on to unwrap those little, sticky bricks of candy and then NOT EAT THEM? They just might have to be on meth to do that, right? Maybe that’s what the cops were thinking? I don’t know. None of this makes any sense to me. All I know is that I want some blue Jolly Ranchers now. Those are the best.

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