UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Juan Carlos ACUNA-AGUILAR, Defendant-Appellant.
Decided: January 10, 2020
Before: CALLAHAN, NGUYEN, and HURWITZ, Circuit Judges.
Krissa Marie Lanham, Keith Vercauteren, Assistant U.S. Attorney, USPX - Office of the US Attorney, Phoenix, AZ, for Plaintiff-Appellee Juan Carlos Acuna-Aguilar, Pro Se
Juan Carlos Acuna-Aguilar appeals from the district court’s judgment and challenges his guilty-plea convictions and concurrent 165-month sentences for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2 and 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B)(vii), and conspiracy to commit money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(A)(i), (h). Pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967), Acuna-Aguilar’s counsel has filed a brief stating that there are no grounds for relief, along with a motion to withdraw as counsel of record. We have provided Acuna-Aguilar the opportunity to file a pro se supplemental brief. No pro se supplemental brief or answering brief has been filed.
Acuna-Aguilar waived his right to appeal his conviction and sentence. Our independent review of the record pursuant to Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75, 80, 109 S.Ct. 346, 102 L.Ed.2d 300 (1988), discloses no arguable issue as to the validity of the waiver. See United States v. Watson, 582 F.3d 974, 986-88 (9th Cir. 2009). We accordingly dismiss the appeal. See id. at 988.
Counsel’s motion to withdraw is GRANTED.
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