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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today

In US v. Ramirez-Fuentes (ND Ind., Simon), a 22-page opinion, Circuit Judge Flaum writes:

In August 2010, Juan Ramirez- Fuentes confessed to being responsible for a bag containing 3.1 kilograms of methamphetamine and for two firearms agents found in his brother’s apartment. Ramirez-Fuentes was charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute five hundred grams or more of methamphetamine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) and one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). A jury convicted Ramirez-Fuentes of committing the charged crimes, and the district court sentenced him to 295 months’ imprisonment. On appeal, Ramirez-Fuentes argues that the district court erred in admitting testimony from a government expert witness who described the recovered substance as “Mexican methamphetamine,” which he noted is produced by “Mexican nationals,” and who addressed the violence associated with drug trafficking. Ramirez- Fuentes also argues that the district court did not meaningfully consider his argument at sentencing that he would be deported after his release from prison and that the sentence imposed by the district court is substantively unreasonable. For the reasons set forth below, we affirm.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 3, 2013 01:09 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions