Thornton Moss, Michael Reeves, and Shawanna Reeves recently appealed a jury trial conviction that they engaged in conspiracy to distribute cocaine. But their appeal fell flat. Let's take a look at what happened and why… and how it might be pertinent to your upcoming Florida criminal trial.
Reeves and his wife (Halcomb-Reeves) argued that there had not been sufficient evidence to sustain their convictions. In addition to these evidentiary challenges, Halcomb-Reeves and Moss challenged their convictions by suggesting the following:
• The District Court made an error in determining the quantity of cocaine attributed to Reeves during the sentencing;
• The prosecutor made errors during the closing argument;
• The District Court should not have admitted telephone calls and a statement from a co-conspirator at Halcomb Reeves' trial.
Unfortunately for the defendants, the Court wrote “after thorough review, we affirm each of the defendant’s convictions and sentences.”
According to facts established in the case, in 2009, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) assisted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to analyze a spike in drug distribution in Baldwin County, GA. A wiretap helped investigators identify numerous conspirators involved in a cocaine distribution network. Between late 2009 and the first half of 2010, agents from the DEA determined, via court ordered wiretaps and video surveillance, that Reeves had been distributing up to250 grams of cocaine every week to clients around Macon, Georgia.
Evidence also strongly implicated Moss and Halcomb Reeves in building/assisting the drug distribution network. On May 5th, the DEA and other law enforcement officials executed a search warrant and found the following at Halcomb-Reeves and Reeves’s home:
“512.8 grams of cocaine, 26.3 grams of cocaine base, and drug paraphernalia – including Pyrex, beakers, electronic scales, and plastic bags – concealed in a closet in the basement. They also seized 186.2 grams of cocaine, a 40 caliber Glock pistol, a Glock pistol box containing ammunition, and a box for a Browning nine-millimeter handgun from the master bedroom.”
Lessons for Your Florida Criminal Case?
Florida and the Federal Government both work intensely to convict defendants in drug cases – particularly cases that involve conspiracies to sell or distribute. Even if no one got hurt as a result of your alleged drug crime, you could serve many years behind bars and permanently lose rights you now enjoy as a citizen. Connect with a Florida criminal defense attorney at Seltzer Mayberg, LLC, for assistance with your case. Call 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (888-843-3333) now. We are available 24/7 to take your call and help you understand your charges.