Grandmother jailed after oil mistaken for heroin

CBC News

A Minnesota senior was jailed by Canadian border guards at a Manitoba port of entry after a jar of used motor oil in her vehicle was mistaken for heroin.

Janet Goodin, 66, a retired girl scout registrar and grandmother of 12, was on her way to Sprague, Man., from her home in Warroad, Minn., in April when she was questioned at the border, she told CBC News on Tuesday.

Janet Goodin was mistakenly accused of smuggling heroin into Canada when a jar of used motor oil tested a false positive for the drug.Janet Goodin was mistakenly accused of smuggling heroin into Canada when a jar of used motor oil tested a false positive for the drug. (CBC)

The guards, with the Canada Border Services Agency, then searched her minivan and found a canning jar containing a dark liquid.

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