Hopewell, VA (WWBT)- Last month, Hopewell senior wrestler Cody Allala won an impressive fourth state championship to close out his high school career. Now, Allala finds himself in a battle with the law.
The 18-year old is facing a felony marijuana distribution charge. On March 2, a Hopewell Sheriff's deputy pulled over a car occupied by Allala and his older brother Clinton, after seeing the two light what appeared to be a joint. This is according to the Hopewell Sheriff's Department. The officer also discovered that the license plate on the car was registered to another vehicle and smelled an odor resembling that of marijuana upon approaching the vehicle. He discovered about one ounce of marijuana in the car, as well as several small plastic bags.
Neither of the brothers has a driver's license, but both have learner's permits. Cody Allala is charged with distribution of marijuana with intent to sell, a felony, along misdemeanor charges of altering/forging a license plate and a learner's permit violation, as a licensed driver was not present. He is currently free on bond and his hearing has been set for May 10 in Hopewell General District Court. Clinton All ala's hearing is scheduled for April 5.
Hopewell head wrestling coach Herman Anderson told NBC12 that the school is refraining from comment until the school and court system complete their actions. We also placed a telephone call to Allala, but he chose not to comment as well.