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Honey Bottles Sends Jamaican National To Jail in the United States

JAMAICAN NATIONAL – A man from Jamaica spent 82 days in jail for bringing honey to the United States.

Most countries have very tight securities in the airports. It is to prevent people with ill intentions from entering a nation and risking the safety of the locals. There are a lot of protocols observed.

However, one incident showed that strictness in the airport may also lead to something negative when not properly implemented. A life of a man was messed up due to mere “honey” bottles.

Based on a report on Washington Post, a Jamaican man spent 82 days in jail for bringing honey to the United States. He was identified as Leon Haughton.

Jamaican National Leon Haughton
Photo Courtesy of The Washington Post/Evelyn Hockstein

According to the report, Haughton was from Jamaica and he usually visits his family in US during the Christmas season. He brings with him some honey since he loves putting honey on his tea.

However, the Jamaican national was arrested and sent to jail for the honey he has brought to the United States. Those were bought from a roadside stand before he headed home to Maryland.

The bottles got a signage that indicates it is honey. However, the authorities mistaken it as liquid drugs. The man has brought with him three(3) bottles. Unfortunately, he was arrested at the airport.

Based on the report, the Jamaican national who was arrested for bringing honey to U.S. was about to be sent to jail. Shocked over the accusation that he brought with him drugs, he fell ill and was rushed to the hospital.

After it, Leon Haughton was still detained. He spent 82 days in jail before he was released and it was cleared that it was really honey and not drugs. Unfortunately, the man lost his job and his almost three-month stay behind the bars has greatly affected him and his family.

“They messed up my life. 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,” the father of six said.

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