United States v. Claybrooks, No. 12-1413 (7th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
The FBI obtained court orders for wiretaps on two of Atkins’s phones and began recording his telephone conversations. Agents intercepted several calls between Atkins and Claybrooks, concerning the details of various cocaine transactions. A grand jury indicted Claybrooks for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. 846 and 841(a)(1) and distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). At trial, the prosecution relied heavily on testimony from Atkins, who testified that he began supplying Claybrooks with cocaine in 2001,that he distributed between 20 and 30 kilograms of cocaine to Claybrooks during their relationship, that Claybrooks supplied him with kilograms of cocaine on three or four occasions, and that Claybrooks occasionally brokered cocaine sales between Atkins and Claybrooks’s customers. Claybrooks was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Seventh Circuit rejected a sufficiency-of-the-evidence claim and affirmed the conviction, but remanded for resentencing, finding that the district court did not make a determination regarding the amount of drugs involved in the conspiracy.