City Settles Flour-Filled Condom Lawsuit

Flour CondomPHILADELPHIA – A woman who was arrested and jailed for three weeks on drug charges for what turned out to be flour-filled condoms has settled a lawsuit against the city for $180,000.
The trial had been scheduled to begin Thursday.
Janet H. Lee was a freshman at Bryn Mawr College in 2003 when she tried to take three condoms filled with flour in her carry-on bag on a flight to Los Angeles. Airport screeners found the condoms, and authorities said initial tests showed they contained drugs.
The flour-filled condoms were a phallic toy that freshmen at the women’s college would squeeze to deal with exam stress. Lee said she thought the toys were funny, so she packed them to show to friends at home.
Lee, now a 21-year-old senior, said Wednesday that she did not know that drug dealers often carry drugs in condoms.
“I was naive, really stupid,” Lee said.
Police said field tests showed that the substances likely contained opium and cocaine. Lee was held for 21 days on drug trafficking charges until later tests showed that she was telling the truth.
Lee’s lawyer, Jeffrey Ibrahim, said the field test should not have shown drugs.
“Under the circumstances, something went terribly wrong,” Ibrahim said. “We’re trying to ensure that nothing like that ever happens again.”
Lynne Sitarski, a lawyer for the city, said the city is not admitting wrongdoing or liability.
from KYW TV

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