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Charges dropped after meth is found to be kitty litter

On Jan. 9, it was reported that a drug charge against a Texas man was dropped after he was accused of being in possession of a substance that was thought to be meth. The report stated that the suspicious substance turned out to be kitty litter.

Harris County authorities stopped the man's vehicle in December 2016. During the stop, authorities recovered at least a half-pound of a substance that was thought to be methamphetamine. The substance, which was later found to be kitty litter, was found in one of the man's socks. He claimed that he used the sock to prevent the windshield from fogging up.

When the substance was first tested, the results came back positive for methamphetamine, resulting in a drug charge against the man. A third test was conducted, revealing that the substance was not meth. As such, the authorities dropped the case. However, the man did lose his job due to the arrest, though he stated that he did not blame the authorities for bringing charges against him.

People who are facing charges for drug possession after being pulled over for a traffic violation may be hit with a jail sentence and fines if they are convicted. They may even lose their job before they head to trial. A criminal defense attorney may assist with drafting a rebuttal to the charges. This may include getting the substances retested by a forensics lab, especially if there is evidence that the substance was not tested properly the first time around. Further, the attorney may argue that the authorities did not follow proper procedures when conducting the traffic stop or subsequent search.

Source: FOX News, "Texas man gets drug charge cleared after suspected meth turns out to be kitty litter", Jan. 9, 2017

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