The NYPD were initially pleased with themselves when they confiscated 106 pounds of from a local businessman. With proud posts to their social media accounts, they were confident that they had initiated a solid drug bust. Now, the district attorney in Brooklyn has announced that they will be dropping the charges against the business owner.
The hemp business owner, Ronen Levy, will likely have his case dismissed on December 2. Levy was arrested November 2, according to NBC New York.
Levy was arrested after he willingly went into the police station to retrieve the confiscated property. The 106 pounds of hemp were being shipped from a Vermont farm to his brother’s CBD shop.
Levy said the plants were legally produced hemp for CBD purposes, and both the farm and the Brooklyn CBD shop confirmed that.
The police disregarded his insistence that the material was hemp, going off of a tip from a FedEx driver who was suspicious of the shipment and a field test that was positive for marijuana.
“”I can’t believe I’m going through this for a legal business,”” the CBD shop owner said. “”I can’t believe my poor brother got locked up.””
The field test the police used likely detected trace amounts of THC, which hemp contains. Modern police field tests can’t determine how much THC is in a sample, thus differentiating legal hemp from illegal marijuana.
The NYPD did not immediately comment on the dismissal. They may have failed to listen to the plea of the farm and shop owner, but not listening to suspected criminals is part of their job. They followed their procedures by the book and used the tools they had on hand to determine what the material was.