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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Huezo
Citation:546 F.3d 174 (2nd Cir. 2008)
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Linares and Echevarria met an undercover agent in Manhattan to discuss plans for delivering $1 million in two $500,000 installments to Del Rio. Huezo was not at the meeting, but a vehicle registered to him was driven to the meeting with the undercover agent. Three days later, Huezo drove Linares and Echevarria to another meeting with the undercover agent. Huezo opened the trunk so the undercover agent could get a black bag from teh trunk. A bag containing $500,000 in stacks was delivered. After the delivery, the three were followed back to their place in Connecticut. Two days later, officers were observing again, and Huezo left the home holding a small black bag, started his car, and left the car running while basically standing guard over it. Echevarria rolled a suitcase into the car and then Linares also entered the car. On the way to Manhattan, officers pulled the vehicle over for speeding. The registration was not on file in the system, likely due to the newness of the registration. Officers took the vehicle back to the police station to verify its registration. During an inventory search of the vehicle, a suitcase with $500,000 dollar and a small black bag with $6,000 was found. Officers also found a hotel receipt in Huezo’s name for a hotel stay in Connecticut but with home addresses in California that matched everyone’s drivers license.
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