Drug convictions have not only the power to substantially affect the lives of the accused, but they can also involve some rather complicated charges. In a situation where authorities allege a ring of conspirators were involved in drug trafficking, individuals might be convicted of crimes that they themselves did not even actually commit.
Charges like conspiracy and aiding and abetting permit the state of Texas to charge an individual for a crime they did not commit if there is evidence that the individual contributed to the planning of the crime, or in any way helped another in completing the crime. Such conspiratorial allegations may accompany a recent drug ring bust and sentencing procedure that occurred in Galveston, County, Texas.
Four members of the 4th Street Bloods gang from Bacliff, Texas, were brought before a judge on July 10 to be sentenced for drug crime charges. One of the individuals, who police allege is a leader of the gang-related drug conspiracy, was sentenced to 150 months in prison. Another member of the gang was given 168 months in prison for his alleged activities in the drug ring. Additionally, two others were given shorter sentences of 37 and 63 months for their alleged participation as drug-runners.
While details pertaining to the leader of the drug conspiracy are not readily apparent, generally speaking, an individual in Texas can be charged with conspiracy if he agrees with one or more persons to engage in felonious conduct and the group performs some overt act which is in furtherance of the commission of the crime. Specifically, one can be charged with a crime of conspiracy which carries a possible jail time sentence without even committing the actual crime.
It is important to be aware of the law in situations which involve even conversational contemplation of potential crimes. While the communication itself may not be enough for a conspiracy charge, some overt act could result in charges and accompanying jail time for an accused.
Source: KHOU, "4th street bloods members get prison time for drug charges," July 10, 2012