UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Appellee, v. ANTHONY MAYES, JR., ANTOINE MAYES, Defendants-Appellants.*
UPON DUE CONSIDERATION, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that the judgments of the District Court are AFFIRMED.
Defendants Antoine Mayes and Anthony Mayes, Jr. each appeal two judgments of conviction.1 Antoine Mayes appeals (1) a May 31, 2013 judgment of the District Court (Ross, J.) convicting him, after a guilty plea, of seven counts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1), and (2) a January 14, 2015 judgment convicting him, after a jury trial, of several racketeering and drug charges in violation of, inter alia, 18 U.S.C. § 1962(c). Anthony Mayes, Jr. appeals (1) a December 24, 2014 judgment convicting him, after a jury trial, of possessing a firearm after a prior felony conviction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), and (2) another December 24, 2014 judgment convicting him, after a subsequent jury trial, of several racketeering and drug charges. We assume the parties' familiarity with the facts and record of the prior proceedings, to which we refer only as necessary to explain our decision to affirm.
1. Antoine Mayes
We briefly address only two of Antoine Mayes's several arguments in support of reversing his convictions. First, he argues that the Government failed to prove that the racketeering enterprise existed for the length of time charged in the indictment. Based on the trial testimony, a reasonable jury could find that the enterprise existed “in an essentially unchanged form during substantially the entire period charged in the indictment.” 5.13.14 Trial Tr. 33; see generally United States v. Eppolito, 543 F.3d 25, 49 (2d Cir. 2008). Second, he asserts that the evidence was insufficient to convict him of possessing a machinegun in furtherance of a racketeering enterprise. Again, our review of the trial record confirms that a reasonable jury could find that Antoine Mayes possessed a machinegun in furtherance of the racketeering enterprise, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(B)(ii). [GA17]
2. Anthony Mayes, Jr.
Anthony Mayes, Jr. argues that the District Court should have suppressed wiretap evidence used against him in both trials, because (1) inconsistencies between the trial testimony of the FBI Special Agent who prepared the affidavit supporting the wiretap application and a later stipulation by the Government suggested that the agent must have lied in the affidavit; and (2) the affidavit did not establish the necessity of the wiretap. We reject the arguments because (1) a confidential informant testified in a way that supported the agent's affidavit, and (2) the affidavit adequately detailed the Government's prior traditional investigative efforts, why they fell short, and why a wiretap was necessary.
We have considered all of the defendants' remaining arguments and conclude that they are without merit. For the foregoing reasons, the judgments of the District Court are AFFIRMED.
FOR THE COURT:
Catherine O'Hagan Wolfe, Clerk of Court
1. On May 9, 2016, Anthony Mayes moved to withdraw certain appeals. We denied his motion on May 13, 2016. See United States v. Mayes, No. 13-2331-cr (2d Cir.), ECF Docket No. 243.