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United States v. Cordoba-Hincapie

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
825 F.Supp. 485 (1993)


Facts

Maria Theresa Cordoba-Hincapie and Libardo Buelvas-Castro (defendants) separately smuggled heroin into the United States from Colombia. Both were charged with federal offenses carrying statutory minimum sentences, and both pled guilty to lesser charges with no mandatory sentences. At their sentencing hearings, the defendants credibly testified that they believed that the drug was cocaine, not heroin. Smuggling cocaine carries a lesser sentence under the minimum sentencing guidelines.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Weinstein, J.)

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