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A Jamaican national was detained for nearly three months in the U.S. after bringing in three bottles of honey from the Caribbean island that customs agents mistakenly thought was liquid methamphetamine.

Leon Haughton, who has lived in Maryland for 10 years, had gone back to visit his family in Jamaica over Christmas

The 45-year-old had bought three bottles of honey from his favorite roadside stand to bring back with him.  

His long ordeal started on December 29 when he landed back at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and customs agents had a dog sniff his bags.  

He assumed the dogs had sniffed the KFC chicken he had in his bag but was surprised when agents seized the three bottles of honey he uses to sweeten his tea.

The agents told him they suspected him of transporting liquid methamphetamine.

'I'm 100 percent sure I don't have drugs. I only have honey,' Haughton recalls telling the agents, according to the  Washington Post

He fainted after they placed him in detention and he was taken to jail.

Haughton and his attorney Terry Morris believe he was stereotyped because of his race.

They said he was questioned while in custody about a 'big Jamaican gang and drug dealing conspiracy'. 

The laboratory results from Maryland took more than two weeks to arrive and they came back negative.

Authorities then sent the bottles to a second laboratory in Georgia after the first was judged to be insufficiently equipped to analyze the liquids.

Although he had a green card granting him legal residence in the U.S., Haughton's arrest set in motion a detention process with immigration.

The agents told him they suspected him of transporting liquid methamphetamine.

'I'm 100 percent sure I don't have drugs. I only have honey,' Haughton recalls telling the agents, according to the  Washington Post

He fainted after they placed him in detention and he was taken to jail.

Haughton and his attorney Terry Morris believe he was stereotyped because of his race.

They said he was questioned while in custody about a 'big Jamaican gang and drug dealing conspiracy'. 

The laboratory results from Maryland took more than two weeks to arrive and they came back negative.

Authorities then sent the bottles to a second laboratory in Georgia after the first was judged to be insufficiently equipped to analyze the liquids.

Although he had a green card granting him legal residence in the U.S., Haughton's arrest set in motion a detention process with immigration.

His lawyer had enormous difficulty contacting immigration authorities given the government had been partially shut down. 

The tests in Georgia, meanwhile, finally confirmed that Haughton was indeed transporting honey.

The charges were dropped and he was freed on March 21 after 82 days in custody.

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