United States v. Reyes, No. 19-2013 (1st Cir. 2022)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. 846, and one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), holding that there was no error.
Specifically, the First Circuit held (1) the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained during a traffic stop and admitting items seized from the vehicle at trial; (2) the district court did not manifestly abuse its discretion in admitting certain statements of lay witnesses; (3) the proceedings did not contravene Defendant's constitutional right to a speedy trial; and (4) Defendant's absence at certain pre-trial proceedings did not violate his statutory or constitutional presence rights.