United States v. Carbajal-Valdez, No. 15-2120 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment sentencing Appellant to a 168-month term of immurement in connection with his conviction for conspiring to possess five or more kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute. Appellant pled guilty to the offense pursuant to a plea agreement with the government. In sentencing Appellant, the district court imposed a sentence enhancement based largely on Appellant’s admission that he captained the cocaine-laden boat used in the smuggling attempt. In affirming, the First Circuit held (1) the district court did not err in imposing the captain enhancement under U.S.S.G. 2D1.1(b)(3)(C) because the basis for the enhancement was plausible; and (2) the government did not breach its plea agreement with Appellant.