Grandmother strip-searched and jailed for 12 days in Canada after a jar of motor oil in her car was mistaken for heroin
Last updated at 2:22 AM on 29th July 2011
This senior-citizen's trip across the border lasted far longer than expected when authorities couldn't tell the difference between oil and heroin.
Janet Goodin of Minnesota was crossing the border to play bingo and visit family when border patrol guards mistook a container of motor oil for heroin.
'They handed me the jar and said. 'What's this?' I said 'Well, I don't know. I suppose it's oil or something left over," really not thinking too much about it,' she said.
Bound for Sprague, Manitoba, the 66-year-old couldn't believe it when the jar of brownish liquid in her car tested positive for drugs.
'They came over and said that the substance in the jar tested positive for -- well, she said some chemical term and I didn't understand.'
'So I asked her to repeat it and she said it tested positive for traces of heroin,' she said.
She told the authorities that it was actually oil that her son-in-law had used when he had recently done some work on her vehicle.
Nevertheless, she was handcuffed, interrogated and strip searched twice.
After that, she was placed in a remand centre in Winnipeg.
Police charged her with trafficking heroin, possession for the purpose of trafficking and importation of heroin.
And I thought only the US has bad days on the border.................