Archive | drug-related murder

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

The Things We Do For Love

United States v. Caraballo, No. 08-4640-cr (2d Cir. November 5, 2009) (Leval, Raggi, Livingston, CJJ)

Gilberto Caraballo was a large-scale drug supplier in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. In September of 2000, he started dating Quincy Martinez, former girlfriend of Jose Fernandez, a dealer who worked for Caraballo. Three months into their relationship, Martinez asked Caraballo to murder Fernandez because he had been abusive toward her. Caraballo answered, “Say no more.”

Caraballo recruited one of his former drug dealers, Aguilar, and Aguilar’s associate, Taylor, to help do the job. Caraballo had previously cut off Aguilar’s supply over an unpaid drug debt, but promised to forgive the debt and resume supplying to him in exchange for the hit. Taylor, who realized that his own sales would increase once Caraballo started supplying Aguilar again, agreed to help and was to receive $5,000 in cash or drugs.

Aguilar, Taylor and Caraballo did …

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Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Conspiracy Theories

United States v. Santos, No. 06-0833-cr (2d Cir. September 2, 2008) (McLaughlin, Sack, Livingston, CJJ)

In 2000, Santos was hired by a big Columbian drug dealer to kill two men who had stolen drug proceeds from him. Santos had meetings with an intermediary, Medina, in which Medina answered Santos’ questions about the nature of the drug organization and the debt, and detailed the reasons for the hit. Soon after, Santos and an associate shot and killed two men they believed to be the intended targets, but who in fact were not. He was convicted of drug-related murder under 21 U.S.C. § 848(e)(1)(A), and was sentenced to life plus ten.

On appeal, Santos raised, without success, three issues of statutory interpretation relating to his involved in the conspiracy, two of which had a parallel sufficiency claims.

“Engaging In” Drug Trafficking

The statute makes it a crime for a person “engaging in” …

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