My guess is guilt by association. Most likely one of the Nobel Prize winners that he hangs around with is into some serious dealing and theft.California's prisons are overcrowded and most non violent felons do their time in jails. They are being forced,by the courts, to release most people after just a fraction of their sentences.
Possession of less than 4oz is a $100 ticket, even for repeat offenders.
Either that or he stole some really expensive cabinets.