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United States v. Biggins
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Clarence Lydes was a confidential informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Defendant Biggins met Lydes at a bar and discussed obtaining illegal drugs. Defendant told Lydes to contact him through Bertha Coudgo. Lydes went to Coudgo’s apartment to purchase drugs from the Appellant and was told to return on the following day. The Defendant did not show on the following day. Lydes and DEA agent Audis Well returned to Coudgo’s apartment several days later at which time Defendant agreed to sell Lydes one ounce of heroin at Lyde’s apartment later that day. During the transaction, the conversation between Defendant and Wells was recorded. During trial the government admitted the tape recording of the conversation.
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