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US v. Vargas, 07-2026

Conviction for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute is affirmed. District court did not err in allowing evidence of defendant's prior drug trafficking activities under Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b) because it was relevant to show Defendant's knowledge and criminal intent, and the minimal risk of unfair prejudice did not outweigh the probative value of the evidence.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 10/29/2008
  • Decided 12/31/2008
  • Published 12/31/2008


  • KANNE, Circuit Judge., Before POSNER, MANION, and KANNE, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • Richard N. Cox (argued), Office of the United States Attorney, Urban, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellee., Barry Levenstam, Kristopher R. Kiel (argued), Jenner & Block, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellant.