CASE LAW UPDATES: Minor role reduction of sentence in federal court methamphetamine distribution case
Defendant pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. After a sentencing hearing, the District Court denied defendant’s request for a minor role reduction, but sentenced defendant to the low end of the applicable advisory sentencing guidelines range. Defendant appealed the denial of the minor role reduction. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held that where a defendant knowingly participated as a drug mule, took steps to obtain transportation and to package and conceal the drugs he transported, the District Court did not err in denying a minor role reduction. Affirmed.
United States v. Benite, 18-3047, appealed from the Eastern District of Arkansas, per curiam.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.