Drug possession charges against a 24-year-old Texas man were dismissed by a Harris County judge on Jan. 4 after forensic tests revealed that he had been arrested for possessing about a pound of what turned out to be quite legal cat litter. The Harris County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to the news or offer an apology to the man for releasing his mugshot and name in a press release following his arrest on Dec. 5.
Deputies say that they pulled the Houston resident's vehicle over after it failed to stop before making a right hand turn in the city's Copperfield area. Deputies claim that the man admitted to possessing a small amount of marijuana when they said that they smelled the drug's odor emanating from his car. During a subsequent search, deputies uncovered a sock containing what they believed to be about a pound of illegal drugs on the floor of the vehicle.