A favorite tactic used by Christian law enforcement officers in their Cannabis Witch Hunt is to bring charges of conspiracy against innocent people. The charge of conspiracy doesnt require any proof other than the unsubstantiated word of a law enforcement officer and can be used to put pressure on defendants by arresting friends and family and can just be used out of malicious cruelty.
Walter Cronkite, famous as long time achor of CBS Evening News and in the 1970s called the most trusted man in America, wrote on February 23, 2006:
Nicole Richardson was 18-years-old when her boyfriend, Jeff, sold nine grams of LSD to undercover federal agents. She had nothing to do with the sale. There was no reason to believe she was involved in drug dealing in any way.
But then an agent posing as another dealer called and asked to speak with Jeff. Nicole replied that he wasnt home, but gave the man a number where she thought Jeff could be reached.
An innocent gesture? It sounds that way to me. But to federal prosecutors, simply giving out a phone number made Nicole Richardson part of a drug dealing conspiracy. Under draconian mandatory minimum sentences, she was sent to federal prison for ten years without possibility of parole.
To pile irony on top of injustice, her boyfriend - who actually knew something about dealing drugs - was able to trade information for a reduced sentence of five years. Precisely because she knew nothing, Nicole had nothing with which to barter.