CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the defendant possessed of firearm in connection with drug trafficking?
Defendant was convicted in federal court of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. On appeal, defendant argued that he possessed a gun to only protect his chickens. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded there was strong evidence that showed a link between the gun possession and the crime of drug trafficking, whereby the jury could find the required nexus without expert testimony.
United States v. Urbina-Rodriguez, 19-3022, Melloy, J. Appealed from the United States District Court, Western District of Missouri.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.