United States v. Espinal-Almeida, No. 10-1086 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
An undercover United States Customs Task Force operation involving efforts on land, at sea, and in the air ended with the arrests of Defendants, Saturnino Tatis-Nunez, Cesar Hernandez-De la Rosa, Carols Espinal-Almeida, and Jacobo Peguero-Carela. Each defendant was indicted on, and ultimately convicted of, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and one count of conspiracy to import, 418 kilograms of cocaine. All Defendants appealed, raising a myriad of challenges that spanned jury voir dire to sentencing. After considering each claimed error, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Defendants' convictions and sentences, holding that none of Defendant's claims of error had merit.