Area Teen Charged In Pot Brownies Case Is “Very Scared”

Jacob Lavoro (Jail photo)

GEORGETOWN (August 6, 2014) A Round Rock teenager accused of making and selling brownies that were laced with marijuana and hash oil appeared in court Wednesday in Georgetown and said he’s fearful of what could happen if he’s convicted.

Jacob Lavoro, 19, was booked into the Williamson County Jail on April 14 and was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance over 400 grams after Round Rock police searched his apartment and found 1.5 pounds of brownies as well as marijuana and hash oil.

He could be sentenced to life in prison if he’s convicted of the first-degree felony.

Lavoro’s attorney, Jack Holmes, says lab results showed that the brownies contained only a small amount of marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, but Lavoro says he's "very scared," and Holmes says he’s skeptical about what could happen in tough-on-crime Williamson County.

Prosecutor Mark Brunner says Holmes is grandstanding.

He said Lavoro was offered a plea deal that includes no jail time if he stays out of trouble.

Lavoro was charged with a first-degree felony because hash oil was used in making the brownies.

Under state law hash oil is in a group of illegal drugs the amount of which is determined by aggregate weight including “adulterants or dilutants,” which in this case would apply to the ingredients used to make the brownies themselves.

Hash oil has higher concentrations of the psychoactive component of marijuana and is in the same penalty group as amphetamines and ecstasy.

The sentencing range for a first-degree felony is 5 to 99 years or life in prison, but sentences can depend on aggravating factors and other considerations.