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US v. Vilches-Navarrete, 06-1942

Conviction and sentence for cocaine possession in violation of Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act ("MDLEA") and conspiracy to distribute cocaine is affirmed over defendant's claims that: 1) the MDLEA is unconstitutional; 2) the district court lacked jurisdiction; 3) the district court erroneously refused to suppress evidence; 4) there was insufficient evidence to sustain his conviction; and 5) his sentence was unreasonable under Booker; and 6) cumulative errors in the case prejudiced his right to a fair trial.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/10/2008
  • Published 04/10/2008

Judges

  • TORRUELLA, Circuit Judge, opinion of the court except as to Part II(A);  dissenting in Part II(A).1, Before TORRUELLA, LYNCH, and HOWARD, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States First Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • J. Michael McGuinness, with whom The McGuinness Law Firm was on brief, for appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Mariana E. Bauzá-Almonte, Assistant United States Attorney, with whom Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney, and Nelson Pérez-Sosa, Assistant United States Attorney, Chief, Appellate Division, were on brief, for appellee.