iPhone and PS3 jailbreaker Geohot gets arrested

George Hotz, (aka “Geohot”), the 22-year-old hacker who happened to be the first person to jailbreak the iPhone and PlayStation 3, has been arrested for possession of marijuana.

He was driving with friends on his way to the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas to discuss “The Final Frontier of Reverse Engineering” when ZDNet reports that he had to stop at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca. Department of Homeland Security officers were using sniffer dogs to identify suspicious packages and luggage, and Hotz’s car was barked at.

Hotz is from California and has a marijuana license due to medical problems. The glove box of his car contained a quarter of an ounce of marijuana and “chocolate edibles” equivalent to less than an eighth of an ounce. Normally, that amount of weed in one's possession would warrant confiscation and a warning, but Hotz was unlucky when the local sheriff valued it at $800, instead of the $15 Hotz allegedly paid for it. As a result, Hotz was then booked for a felony and posted $1,500 bail.

He has not (yet?) commented on the matter, though if he is really upset he could attempt to get the felony charge reversed as well as the bail refunded.


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Texas Penal Code:

§ 481.121. OFFENSE: POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA. (MARIJUANA)

(a) Except as authorized by this chapter, a person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable quantity of marihuana.

(b) An offense under Subsection (a) is:

(1) a Class B misdemeanor if the amount of marihuana possessed is two ounces or less;

(2) a Class A misdemeanor if the amount of marihuana possessed is four ounces or less but more than two ounces;

(3) a state jail felony if the amount of marihuana possessed is five pounds or less but more than four ounces;

(4) a felony of the third degree if the amount of marihuana possessed is 50 pounds or less but more than 5 pounds;

(5) a felony of the second degree if the amount of marihuana possessed is 2,000 pounds or less but more than 50 pounds; and

(6) punishable by imprisonment in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life or for a term of not more than 99 years or less than 5 years, and a fine not to exceed $50,000, if the amount of marihuana possessed is more than 2,000 pounds.


So the cop in this case, will be getting in a huge amount of trouble if he decides to fight this, considering it was a LOT less than two ounces of marijuana he was in possession of.

For it to be a felony, it has to be four ounces of marijuana, or more.

Dumb cop.

"Hotz is from California and has a marijuana license due to medical problems."

Medical marijuana? Give me a break. Have you ever been to venice beach in cali? They hand out "kush doctor" cards all over the place.

I think most of the people here can't read. He had what was equal to less than a dime bag of weed. He had was a street value of $15 worth of weed. The cop purposely over valued it at $800 so he can arrest him for a felony.

What the cop did was illegal and the case shoudl automatically be drop and the charges dropped and his money refunded. If I was there and that cop arrested me for such, when I got out his badge will become a trophy on my wall.

I hate cops who abuse the law and they should not be trying to serve and protect anyone but themselves. That is why I don't feel sorry for cops when they get killed or hurt. They all deserve it. They are nothing more than felones with badges.

I got done here in Australia. I went to a free counselling session to tell me about how bad the stuff is.

Nashy said,
I got done here in Australia. I went to a free counselling session to tell me about how bad the stuff is.
I'm moving to Australia. counseling sessions pfft america really is going to the dogs...............

PS: Awww Nashy tsk tsk

Nashy said,
It's a felony in America to have weed? What? lol.

It's job security for all the barney fifes here. Although California has been seeing things a little different than the rest of the country, all the fat kids that got beat up in school and became cops now have some real crime fighting to do.

..Potheads..

He was being stupid. Texas is especially unfriendly to those kinds of activities. Most other states that would be a slap on the wrist. I'm surprised he didn't get an additional distribution charge because in Texas they'll try to pin that on you too.

local sheriff valued it at $800

That local sheriff must be seeing the wrong guy, because they are getting ripped off if they are pay that much for so little. More like $150 - $180ish.

Shadrack said,
He was being stupid. Texas is especially unfriendly to those kinds of activities. Most other states that would be a slap on the wrist. I'm surprised he didn't get an additional distribution charge because in Texas they'll try to pin that on you too.

That local sheriff must be seeing the wrong guy, because they are getting ripped off if they are pay that much for so little. More like $150 - $180ish.

Is there a law in texas saying not even a gram of it? Laws 'are' different everywhere and probably more rediculous in some locations. (PS. In MA here, we can have up to an O, just a 100 dollar fine. Anything over is jail.)

And tell me about it, cop should be sued for being an idiot. Or atleast fired. 800 dollars worth is 5x as much as he had...stupid cops.

Shadrack said,

That local sheriff must be seeing the wrong guy, because they are getting ripped off if they are pay that much for so little. More like $150 - $180ish.

As you said, they are very unfriendly towards these activities in Texas. So the Texas sheriff probably valued it based on the worth in Texas. The higher the risk, the higher the price? Just saying.

Enron said,

Heogot arrested.

Although I wrote the article, I'm getting in on these jokes. GeoPot may need to be jailbroken, if caught in possession of Marijuana again.

Zeikku said,

Although I wrote the article, I'm getting in on these jokes. GeoPot may need to be jailbroken, if caught in possession of Marijuana again.

lolol~

We missed him at SXSWi. Well, not really. Not when you have headliners like Ray Kurzweil and Jennifer Pahlka.

I would be soo mad, those dogs are there to catch the people bring in pounds. What was the point of half an O? Stupid cops. I would sue the cop that arrested me for making it 4x worse than it was (did he have a pound? no!). They have nothing to do but bust on small stuff it seems, then make it 'look' a whole lot worse...promotion!

I also wouldnt have went through that check point O_o, there has to many ways into a state, not just that one checked one. So he wasnt being smart either it would seem. Unless the dogs were unknown till they seen them. Which I would have been 'reversing' out of there lol

theslam08 said,
I would be soo mad, those dogs are there to catch the people bring in pounds.

Uh no. Those dogs are there to find any illegal drugs and they did exactly that. They did their job to the letter or do you think dogs are trained to only detect a set range of a drug? Also, unless this was some sort of permanent check point, it would have been set up in a way that purposely got you stuck in it and made turning around not an option.

He did something illegal and got put in jail for it. Nothing wrong was done here by the cops.

ILikeTobacco said,

Uh no. Those dogs are there to find any illegal drugs and they did exactly that. They did their job to the letter or do you think dogs are trained to only detect a set range of a drug? Also, unless this was some sort of permanent check point, it would have been set up in a way that purposely got you stuck in it and made turning around not an option.

He did something illegal and got put in jail for it. Nothing wrong was done here by the cops.

IDC, a half ounce is pointless. Pointless. Waste of dog sniffing use. I know they sniff everything, doesnt matter what. Just saying, a half ounce, they must be getting desperate.

Actually...they are, look what they did to his half o? Made it into a magical half pound.

ILikeTobacco said,

Uh no. Those dogs are there to find any illegal drugs and they did exactly that. They did their job to the letter or do you think dogs are trained to only detect a set range of a drug? Also, unless this was some sort of permanent check point, it would have been set up in a way that purposely got you stuck in it and made turning around not an option.

He did something illegal and got put in jail for it. Nothing wrong was done here by the cops.

IDC, a half ounce is pointless. Pointless. Waste of dog sniffing use. I know they sniff everything, doesnt matter what. Just saying, a half ounce, they must be getting desperate.

theslam08 said,

IDC, a half ounce is pointless. Pointless. Waste of dog sniffing use. I know they sniff everything, doesnt matter what. Just saying, a half ounce, they must be getting desperate.

Actually...they are, look what they did to his half o? Made it into a magical half pound.


So, the dogs find drugs, and you say they should just ignore the law and let him go?

How are we going to find the next Steve Jobs if we can't let our creative people get a little creative now and then.

I can't imagine a world without Jobs' LSD induced vision of the future.

dotf said,
How are we going to find the next Steve Jobs if we can't let our creative people get a little creative now and then.

I can't imagine a world without Jobs' LSD induced vision of the future.

This person bypassed DMCA restrictions by bypassing known copyright control mechanisms in the PS3. He was fine until the master keys were released to the public.

shinji257 said,
....

Oh, I understand how he attained his fame. My only comment is that laws like this will prevent further people from achieving infamy.

Why does this not suprise me?... anways maybe he had a license in California, but um California law doesn't trump other states laws, and it's still illegal federally leave it in Cali if you don't want to get introuble

excalpius said,
You've got to be kidding...

Our country has its priorities entirely upside down now.

What? no. They had plenty of room in the jail after ROR'ing Joe Bob for drunk driving.

Sucks for him but really should look into the local laws of where you are traveling too before taking something that is obviously questionable.