USA Today reports that a Canadian couple were recently arrested in the Toronto airport, and their baby taken from them as they were led away in handcuffs. Their crime: Trying to fly with a pound-and-a-half of chocolate. Rube customs agents tested it with one of their junior science kits and it tested positive — for hashish! And these same agents apparently couldn’t tell the difference.
It turns out that cops, customs personnel, and drug enforcement agents often use these kinds of questionable field tests, which, according to the article, turn up false positives all the time. For example, rosemary = marijuana, and liquid soap = date-rape drug GBH. How can you protect yourself from these sorts of insults to your intelligence? Don’t fly. Or “smoke” the chocolate before you return from your vacation.