United States v. Marin, No. 19-3214 (8th Cir. 2021)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The court concluded that the evidence was sufficient to support defendant's conviction for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The court also concluded that officers had a reasonable, articulable suspicion to justify defendant's traffic stop and the stop was not impermissibly extended. In this case, defendant was questioned about his erratic driving and his presence on someone else's farm; defendant offered implausible explanations and manifested excited speech and mannerisms; and the officer was justified in prolonging the stop in order to question defendant further and to call another officer to investigate whether defendant was under the influence of drugs.