Craig Cesal was sentenced to life in prison for a first-time drug offense. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Craig Cesal was sentenced to life in prison for a first-time drug offense.

“I sentence you to a term of natural life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole.”

These were the words I heard in the months after the events of September 11, 2001. You see, at that time, the news was abuzz with theories that drug dealers finance terrorists, and I had just been convicted of my first felony: conspiring to distribute marijuana. This was the newest foray into the War on Drugs.

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