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United States v. Colon

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
549 F.3d 565 (2008)


The government was monitoring the phone conversations of Saucedo, a drug supplier. During one of these conversations, Saucedo told Rodriguez, Saucedo’s co-conspirator, that “Dude” would be coming to a certain house in 15 minutes to collect previously ordered drugs. Officers observed Colon (defendant) arrive at the specified house 15 minutes later and leave shortly afterward. The officers stopped Colon and found cocaine in his possession. Colon was convicted of: (1) possession with intent to distribute, (2) conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and (3) aiding and abetting a conspiracy. At trial, evidence presented to support the conspiracy allegations showed that Colon regularly purchased distribution quantities of cocaine from Saucedo and Rodriguez. The transactions had standardized terms and occurred over a period not exceeding six weeks. Among other grounds, Colon appealed on the basis that the evidence was insufficient to show that he was a conspirator or aider and abettor of a conspiracy.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Posner, J.)

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