United States v. Ali, No. 12-4630 (4th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendants appealed their convictions related to their participation in a conspiracy to traffic in khat, a plant containing the controlled substance cathinone. The court concluded that the district court did not err in instructing the jury on scienter; the district court did not abuse its discretion by giving a willful blindness instruction; the evidence was sufficient to convict defendants of conspiring to traffic in the controlled substance of cathinone; the court affirmed the district court's two procedural rulings at issue; and because the court concluded that Count 2 adequately informed defendants of the money laundering charges against them and provided sufficient detail to enable them to plead an acquittal or conviction in bar of future prosecution for the same offense, the court rejected defendants' challenge. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment of the district court.