In January of 2005, Casey was arrested for cultivation, possession, and sale of marijuana, distribution of crystal meth, and possession of stolen firearms. Casey had been convicted twice before for similar offenses and was on parole at the time of his arrest. He was represented in court by Los Angeles attorney Mickey Haller.
The evidence against Casey was based almost entirely on thermal imaging photos taken by a helicopter that was flying at about 200 ft. atltitude. Caseyt was convicted but Haller filed an appeal. On Tuesday 12 April, 2005, Haller received a letter from the Second District Court of Appeals telling him that his appeal had been upheld. This meant that Casey would be released.