A teen deported for a pot brownies sale is a real possibility, according to numerous reports. The teen in question, 18-year-old Saira Munoz of Yuba, Calif., was short on money she needed in order to purchase a prom dress she desperately wanted. As reported by CBS News on April 10, the high schooler took prom fundraising too far when she decided to resolve her problem by selling pot-laced brownies at school.
The pot brownies pushing teen decided to employ a fellow high-schooler during a bake sale she arranged. Reportedly, her pot brownies were selling quite well until the money-making scheme took a turn for the worse after a student fell sick and had to be rushed to the hospital after eating one of the pot-laced delicacies.
Police found out that Munoz was the mastermind behind the pot-brownies operation and she was arrested and charged with employing a minor to sell marijuana, which is a felony. On Monday, a judge sentenced the now 19-year-old to four years probation and nine days in jail with credit for time served.
Munoz was convicted of felony child endangerment and misdemeanor possession of marijuana on school grounds after she confessed to the crime, which took place in March of 2013.
During her sentencing, Munoz also learned of an even worse penalty as a result of her lucrative pot brownies sale: she could be deported back to Mexico. The former River Valley High School student has been living in the USA with temporary permission since 2000.
The Appeal Democrat reported that the probation department contacted Immigration Customs Enforcement. An agent explained to the teen's probation officer that her conviction could jeopardize her permission to remain in the USA.
"It is unknown if the defendant will be deported," the probation officer wrote. While reading the terms of her condition, Sutter County Superior Court Judge Brian R. Aronson said "If you are deported, you must not return unless you do so legally. If you do return, you must check in with probation immediately. I'm hoping you've learned your lesson," Aronson concluded.
Many have spoken out in protest against the judge's ruling and a friend of the teen, Carlos Robles, said....“No, there’s people that deserve to be deported, and she just wasn’t one of them. There’s people that do way worse. People make mistakes," the boy expressed.
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