And in other news, a man from Texas was arrested by local law enforcement authorities and charged with handling and consuming a controlled substance, after cops found a sock in his car containing an unknown substance, believed to be methamphetamine. Later on, the authorities discovered that the substance was in fact cat litter.
On the 5th of December 2016, a Houston resident, later identified as 24-year-old Ross LeBeau, was stopped by a police officer for a routine traffic control. The man was immediately arrested after the police officer found a sock containing an unknown substance in the man’s car. Field tests revealed that the sock contained half of pound of methamphetamine.
The officers performed the field test twice to rule out a misidentification. However, on Wednesday, the LeBeau was released from jail after additional lab tests confirmed that the substance inside the sock was not methamphetamine, but cat litter.
LeBeau declared that he was wrongfully accused by the authorities and that he demands an official apology. In addition, the man declared that he tried to explain to the officer that the sock containing kitty litter was given to him by his father in order to prevent his car’s windshield from fogging up.
However, the Sheriff’s Office of Harris County had another version of how events unfolded. According to the institution’s official statement, the individual known as Ross LeBeau was stopped in traffic on the 5th of December 2016, at 4:30 pm, after committing a minor traffic offense.
The officer who stopped LeBeau said that the inside of the car smelled as though the occupant consumed marijuana before his journey. When confronted, the man admitted consuming cannabis, and that he hid the stash in a console.
However, upon inspecting the vehicle’s interior, the officer found a sock on the car’s dashboard. When LeBeau was questioned by the officer regarding the contents of the sock, the man said that he did not know what was inside the stop.
The officer opened the sock and performed two consecutive field tests. Both came out positive for methamphetamine. As procedure dictates, the man was taken into custody, and the sock’s content was shipped to the Institute of Forensic Science for additional tests.
However, when the results came in, the officers realized that the man was not in possession of a controlled substance, but 200 grams of cat litter. LeBeau was released, and charges against him were dropped.
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