Houston-area man says deputies mistook cat litter for meth


CYPRESS, Texas (AP/KPRC) — A Houston-area man says sheriff’s deputies conducted faulty field tests on cat litter they found in his vehicle, which they believed was methamphetamine.

Ross Lebeau was charged with possession of a controlled substance following the Dec. 5 traffic stop where he failed to use his blinker when making a right turn, but court documents show the case was dismissed last week because the material was not an illicit substance.

The bag was filled with clear, blue and gold-colored “nuggets,” which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Lebeau said that his father had placed the cat litter in the sock as a way to absorb moisture and keep the car’s windows from fogging.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the total weight of the drugs was 252 grams, just less than half a pound.

The HCSO says deputies smelled marijuana coming from the car and conducted a search. Officials say marijuana was found in the console and Lebeau never identified what was in the sock.

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