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Conspiracy is defined as an agreement between two or more people to commit a crime. Generally, anyone who conspires to commit any drug-related crime will be punished as though he had actually committed the crime. However, the elements of a conspiracy are different than those of the object crime. To prove a conspiracy, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was an agreement to violate a drug law; that each alleged conspirator knew of the agreement and intended to join the conspiracy; and there must have been at least one act in furtherance of the intended conspiracy. Circumstantial evidence may be enough to prove each of these elements.
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