It was a traffic stop in early December that led to the discovery of almost half a pound of kitty litter that was mistaken for methamphetamine.
The sheriff’s office sent out a news release with information on the drug bust and included a photo of the find and a mug shot of the alleged dealer, Ross Lebeau.
The release led to news coverage that spread quickly.
“People have been calling me a kingpin or drug lord,” Lebeau said. He was fingerprinted and spent three days in jail.
Criminal defense attorney George Reul then started talking to prosecutors about what was really in the car.
Lebeau said the substance was cat litter inside a sock.
His father left one in his car and gave the other to his sister for her car. It’s supposed to keep the windows from fogging up.
The problem was that two field tests done by deputies came back positive for meth.
A third, by the county’s forensic lab, revealed that it was not a controlled substance, and this week the case was dismissed.
Lebeau said that the accusation has caused him to lose work not to mention cause him embarrassment.