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Alexandra Mendez

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On June 26, 2014, police in Houston, Texas arrested 18-year-old Alexandra Mendez after they seized white powder from her that field-tested positive for cocaine.

On August 19, 2014, Mendez pled guilty in Harris County Criminal District Court to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to six months in Texas State Jail.

The following day, the Harris County District Attorney’s Post Conviction Review Unit learned that the Houston Police crime laboratory tests on the powder were negative for controlled substances.

The prosecution joined with Mendez’s attorney to file a motion to vacate the conviction on August 20, 2014. The motion was granted that day and Mendez was released.

On August 22, 2014, the charge was dismissed.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 1/14/2015
State:Texas
County:Harris
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2014
Convicted:2014
Exonerated:2014
Sentence:6 months
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Female
Age at the date of crime:18
Contributing Factors:False or Misleading Forensic Evidence
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No