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Jonathan Zarzoza

Other Harris County Drug Exonerations
Jonathan Zarzoza of Houston, Texas, was arrested by the Houston Police Department on December 10, 2013, and charged with possession of cocaine after officers seized a powdery substance from him that field-tested positive for cocaine.

Two days later, 18-year-old Zarzoza pled guilty to possession of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance and was placed on deferred adjudication for two years.

The Houston Police Department crime laboratory tested the powder in early 2014 and found it contained no controlled substance.

On February 21, 2014, the Harris County Dstrict Attorney’s Office filed a motion to vacate the conviction and dismiss the charge. A judge approved the dismissal that day.

– Ken Otterbourg

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Posting Date: 6/16/2020
Last Updated: 6/16/2020
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2013
Age at the date of reported crime:18
Contributing Factors:False or Misleading Forensic Evidence
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No