Drug-related charges remain a leading cause for fines and jail time in Texas and across the United States. An Arkansas case sheds some unsettling light on how these charges are sometimes erroneous, and it serves as a warning to motorists about taking steps to avoid them.
InMay 2016, a man and a woman driving a truck and making a delivery to an Army base were inspected by authorities at the gates. The two men commonly purchased bulk amounts of baking soda, which they kept in unmarked plastic bags in their truck. Inspectors suspected the bags contained cocaine. Their suspicions were confirmed by multiple tests with an inexpensive roadside kit. The two were held for two months in jail on drug possession charges. This was disastrous for their business and personal lives, and it took them quite a while to recover.