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United States v. Tingle
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
880 F.3d 850 (2018)
Ronald Tingle (defendant) was charged with distributing methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. During a search of Tingle’s residence, the police found a large quantity of methamphetamine. The police also found a handgun on top of a desk that contained methamphetamine. Agent Steele, an agent in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), testified as an expert witness at Tingle’s trial. Steele served as a DEA agent for 16 years and attended the DEA academy. Tingle had been involved in searches of drug suspects’ residences and many other drug cases. Based on the large quantity of methamphetamine found in Tingle’s residence, Steele testified that Tingle was distributing the methamphetamine. Further, because the handgun was found on top of the desk that contained methamphetamine, Steele testified that Tingle used the handgun to protect the methamphetamine. The district-court judge admitted Steele’s testimony into evidence. Subsequently, the jury convicted Tingle. Tingle appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kanne, J.)
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