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El Paso group rallies behind pot brownie suspect facing 99 years

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POSTED: Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 6:43pm

UPDATED: Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 11:18pm

El Paso advocates for the decriminalization of marijuana are throwing their support behind a 19-year-old Texas teen facing 5 to 99 years in prison if convicted of baking and selling pot brownies.

Jacob Lavoro, of Round Rock, Texas, is charged with a first degree felony,

The El Paso chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) held a bowling fundraiser Sunday at Fiesta Lanes in West El Paso.

Participants donated $10 to take part in the bowl-a-thon.

"We want to bring awareness to this issue because the laws are outrageous and there's no reason," said El Paso NORML Executive Director Colt DeMorris. "He's a non-violent offender; there's no reason why he should see any kind of prison time."

Lavoro's attorney has filed a motion to suppress the evidence in the case, accusing investigators of failing to identify themselves as police officers before they entered Lavoro's apartment.

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