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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Haile
Citation:685 F. 3d 1211 (11th Cir. 2012)
A confidential informant met with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent with information about Beckford’s seeking of a new marijuana supplier. The Confidential informant and undercover agent met with Beckford and proposed a price of $300 per pound of marijuana. Beckford said he would take 1,000 pounds and asked the drugs to be delivered to the restaurant Jamaica Flava. Beckford also agreed to give a $25,000 security deposit for the marijuana and met with another undercover agent to discuss guns. Beckford stated that he had easy access to guns. An agreement was made to exchange two pounds of marijuana for each gun Beckford provided.
The day of the sake, the parties were negotiating prices for the guns, and an agent asked if they brought five guns. Beckford replied yes and he and Haile went to go get the guns. Rodriguez and Haile were later arrested by DEA agents. In a search of the vehicle incident to their arrest a Glock .45 pistol was found on Haile, a loaded .40 handgun was found in the center console, $70,000 in a plastic bag, a bag containing loose cash, Jamaica Flava business card, and loose marijuana, two Norinco 7.62 caliver and a 9-millimeter inside a gym bag.
Defendants were convicted of related crimes. Beckford argues that there was insufficient evidence to convict him on the obliterated serial number charge, the government failed to prove that he knew it was obliterated.
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