U.S. woman held in Manitoba jail over motor oil mix-up

A Minnesota woman whose motor oil was mistaken for heroin says she isn’t going to sue the Canada Border Services Agency because she can’t afford to.

WINNIPEG — A Minnesota woman whose motor oil was mistaken for heroin says she isn’t going to sue the Canada Border Services Agency because she can’t afford to.

Janet Goodin spent 12 days in a Manitoba jail after border guards found a canning jar of brown liquid in her van.

The border guards who tested the substance at the scene believed it was heroin, and Goodin was jailed until lab tests showed it was, in fact, motor oil.

The charges against Goodin have been stayed, but she is seeking an apology and compensation for legal costs.

Goodin, who is 66, says she would like to file a lawsuit, but can’t afford to on her fixed income.

The border agency will not comment on specific cases, but says false-positive drug tests are very rare.