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A police officer told me that they will charge me with maintaining a dwelling and conspiracy to traffic drugs if I host another

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fraternity party and don't kick out people who use and sell drugs. I am personally not supplying any drugs. It is a bring your own beer party but people bring in other stuff sometimes. I do not touch it or condone it. Is the police officer bluffing cause he doesn't like house parties?

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  1. No, it sounds like he is giving you a fair warning. If you host a party and know these activities are occurring, you can be charged with maintaining a dwelling and potentially conspiracy. Not actually doing it is not a defense if you know it is occurring. It is best to not allow any of these activities occur at your parties.


  2. Do you really want to risk it? Don't be stupid.

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  3. He is not bluffing and may already have enough to charge. It sounds like the officer believes you are knowingly creating an environment in which drug activity can take place. In the eyes of law enforcement, if you really did not condone certain activity, you would not turn a blind eye to it or create an environment in which the activity could flourish.

    Conspiracy to traffic charges are sentenced the same as trafficking charges and are very serious. Even with a spotless record you would be facing mandatory jail time and possibly Federal prosecution. Consider contacting an attorney even though charges have not been filed.

    These comments, based on limited information, are not intended as legal advice, and are not to be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice consult with an attorney to get a thorough review of the charges.


  4. No, he is not bluffing.

    Yes, you could be charged: conspiracy, intent, could be any number of charges. Consider that the officer gave you a friendly warning, as so warned, it's on you to stay off law enforcement's radar.

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