Notice: Fourth Circuit Local Rule 36(c) States That Citation of Unpublished Dispositions is Disfavored Except for Establishing Res Judicata, Estoppel, or the Law of the Case and Requires Service of Copies of Cited Unpublished Dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.united States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Charles David Robertson, Defendant-appellant, 94 F.3d 643 (4th Cir. 1996)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 94 F.3d 643 (4th Cir. 1996)

Aug. 19, 1996

Hunt L. Charach, Federal Public Defender, C. Cooper Fulton, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Charleston, West Virginia, for Appellant. Rebecca A. Betts, United States Attorney, Sharon Mullen Frazier, Assistant United States Attorney, Huntington, West Virginia, for Appellee.

Before LUTTIG and MOTZ, Circuit Judges, and PHILLIPS, Senior Circuit Judge.



Charles David Robertson appeals the 46-month sentence he received after his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess hydromorphone (Dilaudid) with intent to distribute, 21 U.S.C.A. § 846 (West Supp.1996). He asserts that the district court clearly erred in refusing to award him a two-level adjustment for having a minor role in the offense. United States Sentencing Commission, Guidelines Manual, § 3B1.2 (Nov.1995). We affirm.

In June 1995, Robertson contacted an acquaintance about obtaining $10,000 worth of K-4 Dilaudid for one Terry Whisman. In return for arranging the deal, he was to receive $1000 from Whisman. The acquaintance was a confidential informant who contacted officers of the federal drug task force. At their direction, the informant told Robertson that her cousin could supply the Dilaudid. Over the next three days, Robertson acted as go-between in a series of recorded telephone calls, during which Whisman agreed to buy 400 Dilaudid tablets and also expressed interest in buying morphine sulfate tablets and methadone. Before the meeting with the undercover officer at which they were arrested, Whisman armed himself with a pistol and gave Robertson a loaded 9 mm pistol for protection.

A minor participant is one who is less culpable than most other participants. USSG § 3B1.2, comment. (n.3). Robertson argues that he was less culpable than Whisman because he was merely a facilitator, was carrying a firearm which belonged to Whisman, and stood to gain only $1000 for his assistance to Whisman. Because he played a very active part in arranging the transaction, however, we cannot say that the district court clearly erred in finding as a fact that Robertson had more than a minor role in the offense.

We therefore affirm the sentence imposed by the district court. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process.