Grand Prairie, TX asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Texas

Q: Is it illegal to give my friend Bitcoin money for drugs

My friend wants me to give them Bitcoin in order for them to buy drugs online. I will not ever see these drugs or partake in them, I would simply just give the money to my friend so that they can buy drugs online. Will I get in any trouble for doing this?

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2 Lawyer Answers
Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: There is no valid reason to do this. Make your friend buy their own drugs, with their own money.

Aaron A. Pelley
Aaron A. Pelley
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law Lawyer
  • Seattle, WA

A: Whether you will get caught ("Will I get in any trouble for this"), is a different question then, is this legal. Which is what I think you are asking. Giving your friend Bitcoin for this purpose is not legal because you knowingly are going to give something of value to someone to purchase drugs online. So you are what we would call a link in the criminal chain, helping your friend, illegally purchase drugs. It would fall under conspiracy, RICO or some other local law. So, short answer, yes, this is illegal.

Whether you will get caught, is a question a lawyer can't really answer. Does your friend run their mouth? Will your friend overdose? Will the drugs get seized by the post office? Are you being set up on the dark web by a cop on the other side? Things we just can't know. But I can tell you it is not a good decision and I would strongly advise against committing crimes.

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