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.

“I was dumbstruck. I couldn’t believe they actually thought it was meth,” Lebeau, 24, KPRC reported. “I tried to think that this was just a nightmare, I was just waiting to wake up from it.”

Ross Lebeau was charged with possession of a controlled substance following the Dec. 5 traffic stop, but court documents show the case was dismissed last week because the material was not an illicit substance.

Lebeau told the Houston Chronicle for a story this week 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.

“I was freaking out. My heart was beating a thousand miles an hour,” Lebeau said.

The Harris County sheriff’s office 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.