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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Louis
Citation:861 F. 3d 1130 (11th Cir. 2017)
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Customs and Border Protection received a tip that the coastal freighter, Ana Cecilia, was returning from Haiti to Miami carrying narcotics. When the boat arrived, the agents boarded and searched the freighter, but did not find any narcotics. The agents continued to surveil the freighter. During this surveillance, agents saw two deck watchmen go inside the ship and come out with two large boxes. A forklift carried the boxes off the freighter. Then the boxes were covered in a tarp and loaded into a white Nissan. Defendant then started driving the car to the front of the shipyard, while his boss and Ana Cecilia owner walked next to him. Once outside the shipyard, the car was stopped. Defendant exited the car, ran away, and was not stopped. The car was still searched, and 111 bricks of cocaine were found in the car. Defendant was then charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute. He was found guilty on both counts.
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