The report described Fincher as “shaking” and “very anxious” when asked about the contents of the baggie, and she said it was cotton candy.
The lawsuit claims that police dashcam video shows Fincher and Morris were both “calm” during the encounter.
The substance was tested using a Nark II roadside kit and came back positive for meth, and both Morris and Fincher were arrested, the lawsuit said. The test kits, according to the lawsuit, have a “history of producing false positive results.”
Fincher was charged with trafficking meth and possession of meth with intent to distribute, the lawsuit said.
The judge ordered her to be jailed on a $1 million bond, which the lawsuit said she couldn’t afford so she remained in jail for about three months while the GBI tested the substance.
In March 2017, the GBI said the blue material contained no controlled substances, and she was released from jail on April 4 with her charges dropped about two weeks later, the lawsuit said.
The suit doesn’t mention what happened to Morris after his arrest.
Fincher said her time in jail caused her to miss “several serious life events,” including the birth of two grandsons and her daughter’s miscarriage, the lawsuit said.
In the lawsuit, Fincher argues the deputies should have known the drug test could result in false positives, that it would have been unlikely for someone to leave a large bag of meth in plain sight and that the county improperly trained them how to identify illicit drugs.
The lawsuit asks for punitive damages, as well as court fees.
WMAZ reported that sheriff’s office spokesman Ricky Davis referred questions about the case to Monroe County attorney Benjamin Vaughn. Vaughn did not respond to the news station’s request for comment.
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The suspect is set to appear in court Friday.