Innocent Man Jailed For 90 Days After Cops Believed Powdered Drywall To Be Cocaine

Instead of receiving a traffic violation for issues regarding his headlights, a Florida man received 90 days in jail for what turned out to be powdered drywall. 

Karlos Cashe, who was already on probation for marijuana and cocaine charges from 2015, was accused of marijuana possession once again in March, WFTV reported. 

Cashe was handcuffed after cops claimed he was in violation of his court-ordered curfew, which later proved to be false after cops came to the realization that systems weren’t updated.

However, this is not the only faulty mistake the Florida officers made during the arrest. 

After discovering white powder on Cashe’s seats and floorboard, they suspected him of cocaine. 

“I know for a fact (that) it’s drywall because I’m a handyman,” Cashe said. “I said that continuously during the arrest stop.”

The powdery substance tested positive while out in the field, according to officials; in addition to a K-9 unit who also signaled off after being in the vicinity of his automobile. 

After the K-9 arrived, a sergeant of the Oviedo Police Department field tested for marijuana and even more cocaine. 

Cashe was taken into police custody and placed in Seminole County Jail. He was later denied bond on the belief that he had violated his probation. 

“I sat there 90 days knowing I was innocent,” Cashe told WFTV.

Cashe sat in jail for almost three months just to receive results back that the substance in his car was not cocaine, or any other drugs for that matter.

Upon being released, Cashe said he would like for the Oviedo Police Department to undergo an internal investigation. 

“This is what I want to stop,” he said. “I don’t want this to happen to anybody else.”

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