In a particularly strange case, a man from Santa Rosa has recently been arrested on several different and seemingly unconnected charges, that of possession of marijuana, sale of marijuana, operating a hash lab (CA Penal Code 11357-11362), and hit-and-run with injuries. Evidently, police searched the 32-year-old’s home just after he’d purportedly collided into a random home and into an 11-year-old boy’s bedroom. After fleeing the scene, investigators were able to identify the vehicle, a red Dodge pickup, and find its owner. This led them to the Santa Rosa man’s home, where they discovered a secret hash lab. He was peacefully arrested at the Novato home of a relative.
Oftentimes, the suspicion of one crime will lead to the discovery of another, as has definitely been the case for the man above. First, as the hit-and-run caused injuries to the young boy (he was tossed by the force of the impact of the crash), it will likely be treated as a felony charge. Normally, hit-and-runs are considered ‘wobblers’ in California law (meaning that prosecutors decide, based on the facts of a particular case, whether or not they will treat a particular instance as a misdemeanor or as a felony). Penalties upon conviction under CA Vehicle Code 20001 when injury is involved may include up to 4 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Of course, the charges relating to the possession of marijuana, its sale, and allegedly operating a hash lab will be treated separately. Depending upon how much marijuana was found in the man’s home, he could face (with intent to distribute) up to 3 years in state prison. Simply for having sold marijuana, an individual could spend to 4 additional years in prison. Chemically manufacturing hash may add an further maximum of 7 years in prison, with fines as high as $50,000.