Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sentencing Enhancements in Drug Case Affirmed

U.S. v. Palacios, 2015 WL 1245466 (3/19/15) (Okl.) (unpub'd) - Mr. Palacios's guilty plea to maintaining drug-involved premises leads to hefty enhancements. By admitting to the offense and also facilitating distribution by accepting drug money for a drug dealer on one occasion, he could be held responsible for his gun and all the drugs found in his house when it was raided, even though he was "nowhere near" the house at that time. He could be held accountable for any reasonably foreseeable activities engaged in by others at the house, including for the gun that was found in the same location where drugs and drug paraphernalia were stored.