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Guy Goes to Jail Over Kitty Litter Mistaken for Meth

Ross LeBeau of Texas wants an apology
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2017 4:37 PM CST
'Meth' That Landed Guy in Jail Turns Out to Be Cat Litter
In this Dec. 16, 2016, photo, kitty litter products are displayed at a local store in Cheyenne, Wyo.   (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)

(Newser) – A December traffic stop in Texas led to deputies discovering what they thought was nearly half a pound of methamphetamine. Houston 24-year-old Ross LeBeau was arrested and spent three days in jail ... at which time he was promptly released, and the case against him dismissed, because a forensic lab showed that the substance in question was not meth, but cat litter, KTRK reports. Just after the arrest, the Harris County Sheriff's Office had even put out a press release touting the fact that deputies may have kept kids from "from being introduced to drugs." The kitty litter was inside a sock; the odd combination of items was inside LeBeau's car because it supposedly helps keep windows from fogging up, he tells the station.

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Two field tests came back positive for meth before the lab test revealed the truth, and LeBeau and his attorney say something needs to change: "Ultimately it might be bad budget-cutting testing equipment they need to re-evaluate," the lawyer says. As for LeBeau, who says he lost work due to the accusations, he says he'd like an apology. In a statement, the sheriff's office says deputies found marijuana in the vehicle before spotting the sock, though it's unclear why LeBeau faced no charges over the pot, notes a post at LawNewz. (Flawed results from drug tests at traffic stops are actually a big problem nationwide.)

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