Police claimed vitamin powder was actually amphetamines
MANKATO, Minnesota — A Mankato man who sat in jail for weeks awaiting trial for possessing a large amount of powder amphetamine was released recently after the charges were dismissed.
It turns out his story about the powder actually being vitamins was true.
In the meantime, Burrell sat in jail waiting to go to trial for two felony counts each of third- and fifth-degree drug possession. He was released after the charges were dismissed Feb. 4. His trial was scheduled to start the following day.
"I had been sitting in the jail since November with my bail set at $250,000," Burrell said. "Then, two days before trial, they dropped the charges and let me go."
Chris Rovney, assistant Blue Earth County attorney, said an initial field test of a bag of powder found in a car Burrell was driving on Nov. 14 tested positive for amphetamine. A more expensive and more accurate test completed by the BCA showed the powder did not contain anything illegal, so the charges were dismissed, he said.
The vitamins had been prescribed to treat a sore shoulder Burrell had at the time, he said.
"I told the judge I couldn't plead guilty to something I knew wasn't a drug," Burrell said about a plea offer he received. "They set my bail at $250,000 for vitamins."
(Mankato Free Press)