Tue Dec 6, 4:08 PM ET
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In an unusual case of mistaken identity, a woman who thought a block of white cheese was cocaine is charged with trying to hire a hit man to rob and kill four men. The woman also was mistaken about the hit man. He turned out to be an undercover police officer.
Jessica Sandy Booth, 18, was arrested over the weekend and remains in jail with bond set at $1 million on four charges of attempted murder and four counts of soliciting a murder.
According to police, Booth was in the Memphis home of the four intended victims last week when she mistook a block of queso fresco cheese for cocaine — inspiring the idea to hire someone to break into the home, take the drugs, and kill the men.
An informant described the plot to police, who arranged a meeting between Booth and the undercover officer.
The undercover officer gave Booth some nonfunctioning handguns, bought ammunition for her because she was too young, and the two proceeded to the home under police surveillance.
Booth told the officer that any children inside the house old enough to testify would have to be killed, police said.
A search of the home with the permission of the occupants revealed no drugs — only the white, crumbly cheese common in Mexican cuisine.
"Four men were going to lose their lives over some cheese," said Lt. Jeff Clark, who heads Project Safe Neighborhoods.
I read a lot of articles about stupid people on more or less a daily basis but this one is definitely in contention for stupidest person of the year. It's right up there with that story of the woman losing her cell phone in the cesspool and then hiring three seperate guys to go down there, each who then ventured down in order and croaked from the fumes. You'd think that if you didn't see your friends returning and they stopped responding, it might be a bad idea to climb down there after them. This case is just baffling. You almost wish that she had found a real hitman and the murdered happened because you can guarentee the national media would have picked up the story. I'd like to see some pictures of this woman who I can only presume has a long sloping forehead and features resembling that of a cro-magnun. Seeing interviews with her family would have also been a source of humor most likely.