Gainesville police and a Commerce woman disagree on the contents and color of a spoon that led to a drug charge against her that was later dropped.
Ashley Gabrielle Huff, 23, maintains the spoon had only spaghetti sauce. Gainesville police officers thought differently after conducting a field test of the spoon July 2.
The charge of possessing methamphetamine was dismissed, according to the Hall County district attorney’s office, after a crime lab analysis.
“I’m just happy to be free again,” said Huff, who was released on Sept. 18 from the Hall County Jail.
Gainesville police provided The Times with the arrest report this week, the result of a traffic stop for a tag light violation.
The officer’s report states he received consent to search Huff’s 1994 Ford Explorer, and searched a bag with the name “Ashley” printed on it. The officer described Huff, a passenger, as “nervous,” noting sores on her face, arms and legs. Inside the bag was a spoon with a “clear, crystal-like substance,” according to the report.
Huff disputes the claim, saying it was orange SpaghettiOs spaghetti sauce, as she told the officer in the police report.
“I found it strange that she would eat SpaghettiOs with a metal spoon while riding in a vehicle, and then put the spoon back in a bag,” the report reads.
The officer reported he found a glass smoking device in the bag as well before conducting a field test for methamphetamine.
“I tested the spoon with a field test kit, and the crystal-like substance on the spoon showed a positive indication for methamphetamine,” the report reads.
Huff was arrested and taken to Hall County Jail.
“It was so stressful,” Huff, 23, said. “Nobody believed me. I said I had SpaghettiOs on my spoon. Nobody believed that. Everybody thought it was hilarious, but that was exactly what it was.”
Huff told The Times the spoon and the SpaghettiOs were from a friend, as she and the other three people in the car were driving to a friend’s house in Gainesville.
“We had been riding around, and I threw the can in the trash because I was eating them straight out of the can,” she said. “I just threw the spoon in my purse because I had borrowed it from a friend — the can of the SpaghettiOs and the spoon.”
The district attorney’s office issued a dismissal for Huff’s charge after further analysis on the spoon.
“The Crime Lab report showed no controlled substances on the spoon submitted for testing, “ according to the dismissal signed by Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.
After missing a pretrial hearing, Huff said she gave Jackson County police a false name, leading to 13 days in jail. Huff was reincarcerated in the Hall County Jail on Aug. 2 for a Superior Court arrest order and could not afford bond, her public defender Chris van Rossem said.
As a result of the incarcerations, she missed her kids’ birthdays and lost her job at Waffle House. She said she has been seeking legal counsel.
“I have come to the conclusion that I will probably never go back to Hall County again,” Huff said.