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in a unanimous opinion, the justices reversed and remanded a 9th Circuit ruling that there was insufficient evidence to show that two appellants had joined a conspiracy to distribute drugs before the police seized a shipment and set up a sting operation. United States v. Recio, No. 01-1184. After police in Nevada intercepted a truckload of illegal drugs, they drove the truck to its destination in Idaho, then using the trucks’ two drivers as bait, had them contact another confederate who said he would send someone to retrieve the truck. Shortly after the defendants arrived, they were arrested. The court held that a conspiracy does not automatically terminate simply because the government has defeated its object. Breyer wrote the court’s opinion.

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