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US v. Ali, 12-4630

Defendants' convictions for conspiracy to traffic in khat, a leafy plant native to Africa that contains the controlled substance cathinone, and money laundering, are affirmed, where: 1) the district court did not err in instructing the jury on both scienter and willful blindness; 2) the evidence was sufficient to prove that defendants knew that khat contained a controlled substance; 3) the district court did not err in denying defendants' request to put on an expert witness who was first disclosed at trial, and in denying defendant Gurreh's motion to sever his trial; and 4) Count 2 adequately informed defendants of the money laundering charges against them and provided sufficient detail to enable them to plead an acquittal or conviction in bar of future prosecution for the same offense.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/14/2013
  • Published 11/14/2013




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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