Police recently arrested a 69-year-old grandmother from Albion, New York, for attempting to smuggle marijuana and cocaine to her incarcerated grandson. The woman’s specific drug charges include conspiracy and promoting dangerous prison contraband. The woman’s grandson faced the same charges. Both the woman and her 28-year-old grandson have pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to the local authorities, the woman was caught on two previous occasions attempting to smuggle drugs to her grandson while he was incarcerated at Attica State Prison. Officials have since transferred him to a different prison in upstate New York.

Drug possession and usage is a problem that is exacerbated by poor examples set by adults, which this case exemplifies. The grandmother bought and smuggled drugs for her grandson, thus setting a poor example for his own conduct. Because children and young adults learn behavior by watching role models such as parents, encouraging or allowing negative behaviors only serves as a positive reinforcement and contributes to the problem of drug usage.

Criminal conspiracy, one of the charges in this case, exists when there is an agreement between two or more people to commit an illegal act. The actual action taken need not be a crime, but there must be some indication of intent on the part of the participants to break the law. A person may be charged and convicted of both the conspiracy and of the underlying crime.

Anyone accused of drug possession or trafficking is entitled to an aggressive criminal defense. He or she may challenge the admissibility of any evidence or of confessions, the constitutionality of the search and seizure of the evidence and the constitutionality of the charges or the court’s proceedings. Defendants may also question any witnesses that the state calls. Those accused of any type of drug offense is entitled to a fair trial to protect their rights.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “NY grandma indicted on jail drug smuggling charge,” Nov. 21, 2012