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by Abigail Van Buren

Man's Income Supplement Plan Could Land His Family in Jail

DEAR ABBY: My common-law husband, "Rudy," my daughter and I are very happy and live an average life. However, like all families, we experience financial pressures from time to time. To supplement our income, Rudy has decided to make and sell a "popular" drug. He says this will be a "one-time thing." I'm afraid it won't be, and if he makes a huge profit, he'll want to continue.

Rudy is a good man. He wants badly to provide for his family. We both work hard at our full-time jobs during the day -- and we don't do drugs. This is like a new world to me and I'm scared. Rudy knows I don't approve. He thinks he did the right thing by telling me about this beforehand instead of doing it behind my back. We tell each other everything, but that doesn't make it OK.

What should I do? -- AFRAID IN CALGARY, CANADA

DEAR AFRAID: What Rudy plans to do is illegal, and because you know about it, you are an accessory. I don't know how old your daughter is or what kind of drug Rudy is manufacturing, but it cannot be physically or emotionally healthy for her to be around this.

If you think you are having financial pressures now, they'll seem like a walk in the park if you and Rudy are both doing time in prison. Draw the line -- and do it NOW!