Society

California Teen May Be Deported to Mexico For Pot Brownie Bake Sale

| by Allison Geller

Saira Munoz really wanted a prom dress. So much that she may have sacrificed her life in the United States.

The 19-year-old from Yuba City, Calif., was booked on felony drug charges for organizing a pot brownie bake sale, the Huffington Post reports. She was sentenced to four years of probation and nine days of jail.

The charge would not have been so serious had Munoz, who was 18 at the time, not recruited a minor to help her with the sale.

Things got even worse when a student who ate one of the brownies got so ill that he had to be hospitalized.

Munoz came to the U.S. with temporary permission in 2000, according to CBS Sacramento. Because she now has a felony charge, she’s now on the radar of federal immigration authorities. They may not choose to act on Munoz’ case, but if they decide that her status is illegal, she would be deported and require legal permission to reenter the country — unlikely to be granted for a registered drug offender.

Her friends from River Valley High School think the deportation is uncalled for.

“It’s too much trouble to deport somebody for that,” student James Steerstold FOX40.

“She should not be deported for making weed brownies,” student Dursimrim Kalar said. "I know lots of students who do that."

“No, there’s people that deserve to be deported, and she just wasn’t one of them,” said friend Carlos Robles. “There’s people that do way worse.”

“People make mistakes,” Robles remarked.

Sources: Huffington Post, CBS Sacramento, FOX40