11 St. Louis locals charged with conspiracy

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Conspiracy on Friday, November 16, 2012

Although many think of government cover-ups and stories of spy scandals when a conspiracy is mentioned, the truth is that they are taking place at all times in cities across America. Some who have begun to engage in criminal activity with others may even be a part of a conspiracy themselves and not realize it.

When multiple people plan illegal acts with each other in secret, they run the risk of being caught and faced with strict conspiracy charges in addition to other criminal offenses. Late last month, numerous St. Louis area residents faced this very situation. 11 people from both Missouri and Illinois face a federal indictment of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin.

The group of people, who range in age from 22 to 55, were accused of distribution conspiracy in addition to multiple additional charges. Allegedly their collusion to spread both cocaine and heroin through the St. Louis area dated to 2009. Ten of the people live in St. Louis and St. Louis County, while one resides in Alton, Illinois.

Charges for possession and distribution of serious drugs like cocaine and heroin come with stringent sentences attached. Many can lose their financial stability, local reputation, career position, and years of their life to prison time following a conviction. In this case, conspiracy amplifies the consequences to an even higher degree.

Facing serious conspiracy and drug charges, those accused should work proactively to build as strong a defense as possible. Strong criminal defense lawyer can make all difference and have multiple charges, including conspiracy, lessened or dropped entirely.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “11 St. Louis residents indicted on federal charges for cocaine, heroin conspiracy,” Oct. 31, 2012