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Lara-Chacon v. Ashcroft

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
345 F.3d 1148 (2003)


Lara-Chacon (defendant) was born in Mexico and entered the United States in 1970 as an immigrant. In 1999 he pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering in violation of Arizona state law. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) then began removal proceedings based on charges of three aggravated felonies pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA): money laundering in excess of $10,000, illicit trafficking in a controlled substance, and a controlled substance violation. The immigration judge dismissed the money laundering charge but found that Lara-Chacon's conviction constituted a violation of state law relating to a controlled substance, making Lara-Chacon removable under the INA. The Board of Immigration Appeals affirmed and Lara-Chacon appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Tashima, J.)

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