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Criminal Law : Wiretap Evidence – Necessity – Drug Trafficking

Where a defendant in a drug trafficking case argued that wiretap evidence should have been suppressed, an affidavit explained that alternative investigative techniques would not have been effective and that the government had attempted other means of investigation, so the district court did not err in finding that the wiretap was necessary, and the facts provided a substantial basis for the court’s conclusion that evidence of money laundering would be found, so the affidavit established the existence of an ongoing conspiracy, and the convictions are affirmed over the defendant’s remaining challenges to the exclusion of certain testimony and sentencing.

Judgment is affirmed.

U.S. v. Colbert (MLW No. 69401/Case No. 15-1374 – 17 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Wollman, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, Moody, J. (R. Brannon Sloan Jr., Little Rock, Arkansas, argued for appellant) (Cameron C. McCree, Little Rock, Arkansas, argued for appellee; Julie Peters appeared on the brief).

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