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United States v. Baggett

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
890 F.2d 1095 (1990)


Facts

The United States government (plaintiff) prosecuted Barbara Baggett (defendant) for possessing and facilitating the distribution of heroin, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 844(a) and 843(b), respectively. At trial, there was testimony that police recorded three telephone calls on the same day between Baggett and suspected drug dealer Steve Daniels, in which Baggett arranged to meet Daniels and purchase cocaine and heroin from him. Law enforcement officers testified that later that day they saw a "white female," whom they identified as Baggett, drive to the designated location in a car registered to Baggett. The woman and Daniels met twice, first for about three minutes inside Daniels' car, and then briefly, outside the car. Neither officer saw the woman and Daniels exchange money or drugs at either meeting, and afterward when the officers arrested Baggett at her house, they found no heroin in her possession. There was also police testimony that four months later, Baggett confessed to having used heroin around the time of her arrest. The jury convicted Baggett and she appealed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Seymour, J.)

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