How Teen Facing Life Over Pot Brownies Got Caught
Jacob Lavoro's neighbor smelled smoke and called police
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
This booking photo provided by the Williamson County Jail shows Jacob Lavoro in Georgetown, Texas.   (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

(Newser) – The Texas teenager who is looking at a possible life sentence for whipping up a batch of pot- and hash-laced brownies got busted because his pregnant neighbor smelled smoke, reports KHOU-TV. The woman explains that she is five months' along, and she called police because the smell from the neighboring apartment was making her both worried and sick. That's when an officer arrived at Jason Lavoro's apartment, confiscated the drugs, brownies, and an alleged client list, and then charged with him with felony drug possession.

"It's really frightening, it really is," says the 19-year-old Lavoro, who could get up to 99 years on the charge. "It's putting me in a really scary situation and, honestly, I can't stop crying about it." In a point sure to come up in court, the teen says he did not give the officer consent to enter his apartment, contrary to what police say. The sentence is potentially so severe because police are counting the total weight of the baked goods, 1.5 pounds, and because Lavoro used hash oil, which has a higher THC level than pot and is prosecuted more harshly, explains Forbes. It adds a potential bright spot for the teen: Despite the headline-inducing felony charge, he could end up with probation instead of jail time.

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May 25, 2014 7:52 AM CDT
Texas laws seem to change with no accounting. And the idiot anti pot Illuminati members have no clue as to what hash oil is. Hash is simply the washed off crystals of pot. I read that people used to wash it off with alcohol but it is likely that that is not used anymore.No matter how strong the pot is, a person that is smart enough to have it will likely use way less of the stronger stuff. So far, there are no deaths like the real gateway drugs - alcohol and tobacco. Time for Texans to stop t his drug war abuse mentality of the politicians who enjoy ruining our children's life with simple pot possession records that can only be removed by rich people and expensive lawyers...if at all...
May 25, 2014 4:08 AM CDT
In Wisconsin, he would face felony charges if he made the brownies with margarine instead of butter.
May 23, 2014 1:16 AM CDT
Insane "War on Drugs" claims another victim. Prohibition worked out so well before, didn't it? Anything to feed the private prisons.