United States v. Trotter, No. 15-2606 (8th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, methamphetamine. The court concluded that allowing an agent to testify regarding defendant's text messages did not violate the best evidence rule because the texts were admitted into evidence; the evidence was sufficient to prove that defendant entered into a conspiracy; the district court did not err in not instructing the jury first on a buyer-seller relationship; there was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s finding on the quantity of methamphetamine attributable to the conspiracy on which defendant was convicted; and the district court did not make any drug quantity findings that increased defendant's sentence above the statutory mandatory minimum sentence required by the jury’s finding in the special interrogatory. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.