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Teen convicted of selling pot brownies may be deported

While most parents with teenagers probably don't want to think about it, there's a very good chance that their kids will pull some pranks or engage in other types of high jinks during their high school years. While most of this conduct is relatively harmless, there are times when the line between mischief and crime can perhaps become blurred.

Interestingly, a recent story involving a California teen concerns just this type of conduct, with fellow students calling her behavior a student prank and prosecutors calling it a felony. What makes this story so intriguing, however, is that it also involves the added element of possible deportation.

According to reports, the Yuba City teen, then 18, wanted to raise some much-needed funds for a prom dress last fall and decided to hold a sort of bake sale. However, this bake sale didn't involve cookies, cakes or pies, but rather only one dessert item: marijuana-laced brownies.

After making the pot brownies, the girl recruited a fellow student, who was under 18, to help her sell them. Law enforcement officials and school authorities eventually uncovered the illegal sales when a student/customer became ill after eating a brownie and had to be taken to the hospital.

The girl was subsequently charged with recruiting a minor to help sell marijuana, which is a felony under state law.

At her sentencing hearing this week, the girl, now 19, was sentenced to four years probation and nine days in jail with credit for time served. However, the girl was likely also shocked to learn that she could also be facing possible deportation.

That's because local law enforcement notified federal immigration officials who are now currently investigating whether the girl, who arrived in the U.S. back in 2000 with temporary permission, is currently in the U.S. illegally and therefore subject to deportation.

In fact, local law enforcement has indicated that even if the girl is found by federal officials to be in the country legally, her legal status could conceivably be compromised by the conviction, meaning deportation is still very much a possibility.

As if all this wasn't bad enough, the terms of the girl's probation indicate that in the event she is deported, she can only be readmitted to the U.S. provided she secures the proper legal status. However, experts indicate this will likely prove impossible to secure given the drug conviction on her record.

Many of the girl's fellow students, however, don't think that the possible punishment fits the crime in this case.

"No, there's people that deserve to be deported, and she just wasn't one of them," said a friend. "There's people that do way worse."

Stay tuned for updates on what promises to be a very interesting case examining how a criminal conviction can affect immigration status.

Source: Fox 40, "Teen faces deportation for sale of pot brownies," Lonnie Wong, April 10, 2014; CBS Sacramento, "Yuba City teen faces deportation after selling pot brownies to buy prom dress," Maria Medina, April 9, 2014

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