United States v. De La Torre, No. 17-1335 (8th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for drug-related crimes. The court held that the district court did not err by denying defendant's motion to suppress evidence because the facts set forth in the warrant affidavit supported probable cause; the district court did not err in denying defendant's motion to dismiss where there was no Speedy Trial Act violation; the district court did not abuse its discretion in admitting into evidence a poor quality recording because it was sufficient to provide the jury with the gist of the conversation and there was no plain error in giving the jury the limiting instruction to prevent consideration of inadmissible hearsay; the district court did not err by admitting text messages because the witness qualified as a coconspirator and the messages were not hearsay; and the evidence was sufficient to support the convictions.