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US v. Crippen, No. 10-1299

By FindLaw Staff on December 21, 2010 1:40 PM

Drug Conviction Affirmed

In US v. Crippen, No. 10-1299, the court affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to tamper with a witness where 1) a suspicion on the part of police that a person is involved in a drug transaction supports a reasonable belief that the person may be armed and dangerous because weapons and violence are frequently associated with drug transactions; 2) each of the statements defendant asked the district court to exclude from the recordings at issue merely provided context for other admissible statements made by defendant and his coconspirators and were not offered for their truth; and 3) there were at least two prior felony convictions for career offender purposes because there was an intervening arrest.

As the court wrote:  "William Crippen was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(C), and conspiracy to tamper with a witness in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(2)(A). The district court sentenced him to 180 months imprisonment. Crippen appeals the district court's denial of his motion to suppress evidence, the district court's denial of his motions in limine, the sufficiency of the evidence to support his convictions, and the district court's sentencing decision. We affirm."

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