It was a routine purchase for him until he landed at the airport in Baltimore. 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.”
But some scars, Haughton said, won’t go away.
“I’m scared to even travel right now,” Haughton said. “You’re innocent, and you can end up in jail.”
Haughton said he’s been trying to get his life back in order. He has a job driving a bread truck after losing his previous jobs while jailed. And his children are trying to improve their grades after the trauma of his disappearance affected their schoolwork.
Haughton says he is constantly trying to reassure his children — one of whom burst into tears when Haughton came home because she didn’t recognize her father — that he isn’t going to vanish again.
This is not just a piece of news, that you read and pass by,but it exposes glitches in the judicial and police system of most advanced nation.