College student faces felony charge over what he says was a powdered-sugar prank

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A Florida college student says he wanted to have some fun with the University of Miami’s pre-announced dorm inspection.

So Jonathan Harrington left lines of powdered sugar, a rolled-up dollar bill and seven aspirin pills out in plain sight for the inspectors to spot during the Aug. 30 inspection, he tells the Miami New Times.

However, the joke was on him, he insists, and it hasn’t been all that funny: Investigators did spot the apparent array of drugs and, after a field test by university police identified the powder as cocaine, Harrington was charged with felony drug possession.

Such tests are notoriously unreliable, the newspaper says, and the 21-year-old English major is hopeful that the case will be dismissed once a laboratory analysis of the powder is completed—which will take about two months.

Harrington also faces potential suspension from the university, but that matter has been put on hold until the criminal case is resolved.

Hat tip: Yahoo News

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