Infamous iPhone Hacker Geohot Arrested For Marijuana Possession In Texas Speed Trap

Infamous iPhone Hacker Geohot Arrested For Marijuana Possession In Texas Speed Trap

It's hard to believe a clean cut, law abiding youth like this would smoke marijuana, isn't it?

You only need to look at the bloodshot eyes, crunchy appearance and tossled hair of famed PS3 and iPhone hacker George “geohot” Hotz to realize that this is a mind which works best when jerkied in the cannabinoid vapours inhaled from a tightly packed magic jaybone. He’s a viper from birth, and we wouldn’t have him any other way.

But the cops would. That’s why they arrested him for cannabis possession while driving to SXSW to deliver a speech on hacking.

The actual event was relatively routine. Apparently, Geohot was passing through Siera Blanca, a small town in Hudspeth County, Texas, when he was stopped at a “random” checkpoint. In actuality, Sierra Blanca is a notorious speed trap, and is especially hard on people with out-of-state plates, so Geohot was probably pulled over because of that.

Either way, when he was stopped, drug dogs became interested in his car, and after a cursory look around, officers found a quarter ounce of pot in the glove compartment, and some chocolate truffles laced with less than an eighth of an ounce elsewhere in the car.

It’s totally a misdemeanor, and after being arrested for a brief period, Geohot was released on $1,500 bail. Unfortunately, George did end up missing his SXSW talk… not to mention his stash.

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  • Peter Dudycz

    I guess his new jail name will be GeoPot.

  • John Mayson

    I doubt he was pulled over for out-of-state plates.  He was most likely pulled over because he was speeding.  Personal responsibility anyone?

  • Jordan Clay

     Yes, he probably was speeding, but there are speed traps that drop the speed limit by 10 mph and then pull over anybody going 1 mph over.

  • brownlee

    Speed traps are bullshit, dude. Don’t give me that “personal responsibility” crap: speed traps tend to be blink-if-you-miss-it towns that happen to have highways going through them, and with speed limits set thirty or more miles per hour lower than the rest of the highway, specifically designed to get ticket revenue. Government’s have a greater responsibility to not bone citizens than a citizen does to know that when he passes through Buttfuck, Texas, the speed limit will inexplicably drop to 15MPH.

  • DCM

    If he were Thane, he would’ve walked.

  • Nourez Rawji

    Well, I guess this hacker

    *puts on glasses*

    is gonna need a jailbreak

    YEAAHHHHHHHHH!!

  • Stephen Gibson Agnew

    I live in Texas and have traveled many a times from one edge of the state to the other and Texas cops are very picky about speeding. My guess is that he was pulled over for speeding.

  • James Jenkins

    Where is the link to donate for his bond money???

  • shannon_f

    I like GeoHot even more now….

  • Brandon Dillon

     My area is particularly bad about this. So bad, in fact, that you would believe that it is the highest priority of the police. You can steal way more money with a badge than a gun.

  • CharliK

    He likely was speeding but many police are known for picking on out of state drivers for even just a mile or two over when they wouldn’t ‘natives’. They do it because they figure that the person is a tourist and more likely to simply pay no contest. Used to happen to my classmates and I at Uni in Oklahoma all the time. 

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