The owner of a Missouri property known for hosting major outdoor concerts has been sentenced to 30 months in prison in connection with outstanding drug charges. The man owns a popular campground in the southern part of the state and holds shows there, according to court records.

The 44-year-old man was also sentenced to an additional 200 hours of community service, and he was fined $50,000 in connection with the federal drug crimes.

Prosecutors said that the man did not orchestrate the drug sales at the infamous campground called "Camp Zoe," but he was aware that they were going on. Attorneys for the state claimed that the man told employees which drugs were permitted on the campgrounds.

Records indicate that the man was a part of a Grateful Dead tribute band that hosted music festivals . Those events drew about 5,000 people each and, according to police, they also included about 100 to 200 drug dealers at each concert. Those dealers allegedly peddled LSD, marijuana, mushrooms, ecstasy and other party drugs.

The man pleaded guilty to a felony count of permitting the drugs on his premises. He had struck a plea deal with prosecutors to limit his sentence to just 30 months. He has also agreed to hand his property over to the state, in accord with the terms of his plea bargain.

Despite the agreement, attorneys say that the man is seeking to have some of the charges overturned, because they should not be applied to a concert venue. The future of those attempted appeals remains uncertain.

In this case, the man chose to plead guilty, probably because of advice he received from his legal counsel. It is clear that the state had evidence against the man, which may have led to a devastating sentence during a jury trial. Additionally, the man and his counsel felt as though they could carry favor with the jury, possibly due to the fact that his property is known throughout Missouri. Though this man received a favorable sentence in exchange for his cooperation and guilty plea, it's still important to consult with a legal adviser before accepting deals or making a plea.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Owner of southern Missouri's Camp Zoe gets 30 months for drug charge," Robert Patrick, Oct. 9, 2012