Federal officials have indicted 27 people in a drug conspiracy case. Unfortunately for these individuals, drug conspiracy is not the only charge they face. The conspiracy case also involves homicide, money laundering and sale of heroin, crack and more than 650 pounds of cocaine over several years in southeastern Wisconsin. Will some of them face the death penalty?
The testimony of a man accused of running an allegedly fraudulent Tampa charity called has been delayed due to the birth of his defense attorney's child . The 66-year-old defendant has been charged with theft, fraud and money laundering because, prosecutors claim, little of the $100 million raised over 8 years by the U.S. Navy Veterans Association was actually used to assist veterans. The trial should resume next week.
In 2007, a grand jury indicted a husband-and-wife pair of medical equipment sales representatives for federal offenses including conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. Apparently, when hospitals bought new medical equipment, many were only too happy to let the sales reps take the used equipment away. Since their employers didn't want it, the reps resold the equipment on the "gray market" in Florida.
When states across the U.S. began legalizing marijuana for medical or even recreational use, their laws came into direct conflict with federal drug laws. When Attorney General Eric Holder announced recently that the federal government would no longer prosecute individual users or small-time dealers, it was a big step toward reconciling the conflicting policies, but it's clear there is still a long way to go.