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United States v. Jefferson


July 22, 1983


Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. No. 81 CR 129 -- John W. Reynolds, Judge.

Author: Aspen

Before CUMMINGS, Chief Judge, COFFEY, Circuit Judge, and ASPEN, District Judge.*fn*

ASPEN, District Judge. Appellant Dorothy Jefferson was convicted by a jury of: (1) participation in a conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846 (Count 1), (2) twenty-one counts of distribution of various controlled substances in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) (Counts 2 through 11, 13 through 15 and 17 through 24), (3) two counts of the use of a communications facility to facilitate the distribution of controlled substances in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 843(b) (Counts 12 and 16), and (4) participation in a continuing criminal enterprise in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 848 (Count 25). Her appeal alleges numerous errors at trial and sentencing.


The evidence at trial revealed an elaborate drug sales operation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, based initially at 335 West Vine Street. During the time period encompassed by the conspiracy and continuing criminal enterprise allegations, the operation moved to 1822 North 22nd Street. The initial location was a first floor apartment where customers exchanged cash for drugs through a window. The second location was an entire residence with a fortified door through which customers were admitted once they had identified themselves to the drug house employee serving as the door man. This drug house was operated around the clock with at least two or three employees on duty at all times. The final location was a carefully guarded residence with numerous employees working around the clock. Drugs were locked in a fortified room at the back of the residence. An employee situated inside the fortified room sold drugs through a slot in the door to customers admitted to the house by the door man.

Five witnesses at trial testified that they had worked at one or more of the drug houses, and that they had been hired and supervised by appellant and her husband, Frank Jefferson.*fn1 The evidence showed that appellant had played an active role in the organization and supervision of each of the drug houses. Appellant had made hiring, firing, and wage decisions and had been known to her employees as the "Queen Bee." She would call the operating drug house with regularity to check on the level of supplies, and if more drugs were needed she would have them sent over or would deliver them herself. Drugs had been stored at the Jefferson residence (2004-05 West Cherry Street) and, on occasion, at 2010 West Cherry Street, the home of a neighbor who was also charged in the indictment.

Searches pursuant to warrant were conducted of the drug house at 1801 North 22nd Street, appellant's residence, and the neighbor's residence. These searches resulted in seizures of large quantities of cash in small denominations and large collections of jewelry and fur coats. Prior to trial, the defendant moved to quash the warrants and suppress the evidence seized. After a hearing before a magistrate, the motions were denied and much of the seized evidence was eventually admitted at trial. The jury returned a verdict of guilty as to all counts after a two-week trial.

At the sentencing hearing, the trial judge initially sentenced appellant to 10 years on the continuing criminal enterprise count (21 U.S.C. § 848), 15 years on the conspiracy count (21 U.S.C. § 846) to run consecutive to the sentence imposed on the § 848 count, 5 years on one of the substantive drug offense counts (21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) to run consecutive to the sentences imposed on the §§ 846 and 848 counts, and 5 years on each of the remaining counts (21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 843(b)) to run concurrent to each other and to the other sentences imposed. Expressly indicating that he wished to sentence appellant to a total of thirty years, he explained that he had chosen to spread the sentence over three counts rather than to impose thirty years on the § 848 count because § 848 contains a no-parole provision that might work a hardship on appellant if her health problems worsened in prison.

Immediately after the sentencing, one of the attorneys for the government informed the trial judge of her belief that consecutive sentences on the §§ 846 and 848 counts were improper. The sentencing hearing was reconvened three hours later, and the trial judge resentenced appellant to 10 years on the § 848 count, 5 years on the § 846 count to run concurrent to the sentence imposed on the § 848 count, 5 years on each of four of the substantive counts to run consecutive to each other and to the sentence imposed on the § 848 count, and 3 years on each of the remaining 19 counts to run concurrent to each other and to the other sentences.

Appellant challenges the admission of certain evidence seized in the searches, the sufficiency of the evidence with respect to her conviction of specific counts, certain jury instructions and the manner and substance of sentencing.


Appellant first argues that the trial court erred in admitting items seized in searches conducted on December 31, 1980, and March 24, 1981. She contends that because officers entered the houses without knocking, the searches violated 18 U.S.C. § 3109 and the Fourth Amendment.*fn2 We note at the outset that this objection was not raised before or during the trial.*fn3 Unless the objection speaks to serious and harmful error of constitutional magnitude, appellant's failure to object at trial precludes the assignment of error on appeal. United States v. Cook, 432 F.2d 1093, 1103, (7th Cir. 1970).


On December 31, 1980, a search of the drug house at 1801 North 22nd Street was conducted by state officers executing a state search warrant. A state search is governed by state law as long as the law applied does not violate the Fourth Amendment. Ker v. State of California, 374 U.S. 23, 34, 83 S. Ct. 1623, 1630, 10 L. Ed. 2d 726 (1963). Wisconsin state law authorizes the use of "all necessary force" in the execution of search warrants. Wis. Stat. Ann. 968.14. This provision has been construed to permit no-knock entry where justified on the facts of the case. See, e.g., State v. Suits, 73 Wis.2d 352, 243 N.W.2d 206 (1976).

In granting the application for a warrant, the state court judge stated:

The nature of the premises with that barricaded door off the kitchen and people with guns on the premises indicate that there is only one practicable way to have this search warrant effectuated, and that is a "no-knock" way. There's alos apparently people on the street watching for the police. There's lookouts.*fn4

As a result of this finding, the warrant expressly provided that "'entry may be made without knocking on prior identification."*fn5 Thus, we conclude that the warrant did not violate Wisconsin state law.

We next turn to the question of whether the warrant abridged constitutional rights. As the Supreme Court has stated "[i]t is well established that law officers constitutionally may break and enter to execute a search warrant where such entry is the only means by which the warrant effectively may be executed." Dalia v. United States, 441 U.S. 238, 247, 99 S. Ct. 1682, 1688, 60 L. Ed. 2d 177 (1979) (citations omitted). Evidence adduced at the suppression hearing and at trial supports the conclusion of the state judge who issued the warrant that the entry and search could not have been effected without a no-knock entry. The building searched on December 31, 1980, was not a typical residence. It was a heavily barricaded, closely guarded business enterprise where large amounts of drugs, money and jewelry were stored and exchanged. A danger of destruction of evidence existed. The prior drughouse, i.e., 1822 North 22nd Street, had been searched pursuant to warrant on August 14, 1980. The employees at 1801 North 22nd Street were thus alert to the possibility of police searches. Indeed, by the time the officers gained access to the building, the employees were apparently disposing of drugs. We conclude that appellant's constitutional rights were not violated during the search of December 31, 1980.*fn6


Appellant's contention that the search of March 24, 1981, was effected by a no-knock entry in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 3109 is not supported by the record. The March 24, 1981, search of appellant's residence was executed pursuant to warrant by both federal and state officials. Michael Ebert, one of the federal officials taking part in the search, testified at the evidentiary hearing that the officers knocked at the door, identified themselves and their purpose and requested entry. A man who could be seen behind the door refused to answer. Only after a second request for entry was ignored was entry effected by break-in.*fn7 The March 24, 1981, entry complied with the clear language of § 3109.


With respect to the search of March 24, 1981, appellant reiterates an objection that was raised and rejected prior to trial. See note 4, supra. She contends that the search exceeded the scope of the warrant in that items not named in the warrant were seized.

The federally-issued warrant authorized the search of premises located at 2004-06 West Cherry Street for certain controlled substances "and records of drug dealing activity and currency."*fn8 In the course of the search, the specified controlled substances were found and seized along with approximately $23,000 cash in small bills, five fur coats, 142 articles of jewelry, nine firearms and assorted documents and photographs. Much of this evidence was introduced at trial.

When a police officer conducting a valid search inadvertently comes across an article not specified in the warrant, but one nevertheless having an incriminating character, it is well established that the may seize that article as well as any others that are specified in the warrant. Coolidge v. New Hampshire, 403 U.S. 443, 465, 91 S. Ct. 2022, 2037, 29 L. Ed. 2d 564 (1971); United States v. Graham, 638 F.2d 1111, 1115 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, 450 U.S. 1034, 68 L. Ed. 2d 231, 101 S. Ct. 1748 (1981); United States v. Schire, 586 F.2d 15, 17 97th Cir. 1978). The question here, then, is whether the seized items not specified in the warrant (I.e., the fur coats, jewelry and firearms) were of an apparently incriminating nature.

It is, of course, conceivable that the furs and jewelry were legitimately held for personal use, and that the firearms were held for sporting purposes. In the context of executing a search warrant that contemplated an extensive drug distribution operation, however, the officers logically concluded that the furs and jewelry were fruits of the illegal operation tantamount to cash receipts. Where a logical nexus exists between seized but unnamed items and those items listed in the warrant, the unnamed articles are admissible. United States v. Gentry, 642 F.2d 385, 387 (10th Cir. 1981). Even if the items were not received as currency in the drug operation, the circumstances reasonably alerted the officers to the possibility that the items were fruits of another illegal activity. See United States v. Golay, 502 F.2d 182, 185 (8th Cir. 1974). Given the criminal nature of the drug operation contemplated by the warrant, the seized firearms were likewise apparently incriminating and thus admissible.

Appellant raises the same argument with respect to items seized in the search of December 31, 1980. The warrant for that search authorized seizure of the controlled substance Ritalin and "related paraphernalia."*fn9 Officers executing the warrant seized Ritalin as well as numerous other controlled substances and $223 in small bills. Again, given the warrant's contemplation of a drug distribution operation, it can hardly be said that unnamed controlled substances and cash receipts were not apparently incriminating.


Appellant next contends that items seized on March 6, 1980, and January 13, 1981, were improperly admitted into evidence because a complete chain of custody as to each exhibit was not established at trial. Here again, no objection was made to the admission of these items at trial. Failure to object to the admissibility of evidence at trial ordinarily precludes the assignment of error on appeal unless harmful error of constitutional magnitude was committed. Fed.R.Evid. 103(d); United States v. Cook, 432 F.2d at 1103; United States v. Millpax, Inc., 313 F.2d 152, 156 (7th Cir. 1963). On review of the record, we conclude that no error was committed.

Before a physical exhibit is admitted into evidence at trial, there must be a showing that it is in substantially the same condition as when the crime was committed. This determination is to be made by the trial judge and may not be overturned except for a clear abuse of discretion. United States v. Aviles, 623 F.2d 1192, 1197 (7th Cir. 1980); United States v. Bridges, 499 F.2d 179, 185 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, 419 U.S. 1010, 95 S. Ct. 330, 42 L. Ed. 2d 284 (1974).

Exhibit 26-2 consisted of a sealed bag containing blank prescription pads and thousands of tablets identified as controlled substances in various bottles and bags. Detective William Matson of the Milwaukee Police Department testified at trial that while conducting a search pursuant to warrant of 2010 West Cherry Street on March 6, 1980, he found an attache case (Exhibit 26-1) filled with the pills and prescription pads comprising Exhibit 26-2. (Trial Tr. 392). Detective Matson testified that he took the attache case and its contents to the Detective Bureau, where they were inventoried and documented. The attache case and contents were then taken by Detective Matson to the Vice Squad, where they were kept under lock and key until March 20, 1980. Matson then took the evidence to the Property Bureau, where it remained until removed by Matson for the trial. At the close of the direct examination of Detective Matson, Exhibit 26-2 was received into evidence without objection. (Trial Tr. 399).

Exhibit 24-5 consisted of a sealed plastic bag with several sections. The bag contained hypodermic needles, syringes, various pills and tablets identified as controlled substances and empty pill containers. Detective John Randa of the Milwaukee Police Department's Vice Squad testified that he seized these items while conducting a search pursuant to warrant of 1801 North 22nd Street on January 13, 1981. Randa further testified that he placed these items in a large plastic envelope, sealed the envelope, put it in a paper bag and locked the bag in a Vice Squad vault. The bag was later sent to the Wisconsin State Regional Crime Lab for analysis and then returned to the Vice Squad where it remained until trial. Exhibit 24-5 was admitted into evidence during Detective Randa's testimony without objection. (Trial Tr. 534).

Appellant now contends that the chain of custody proven at trial for each of these exhibits was incomplete, giving rise to a question of whether or not the exhibits admitted into evidence at trial contained the actual items seized. This objection is technical at best. Appellant offers no reason as to why different items may have been substituted for the originals while the evidence was being held at the Vice Squad, the Property Bureau or the Crime Lab, nor does she suggest that any tampering with the exhibits actually occurred. Although the government concedes that perfect chains of custody were not established at trial, alleged gaps in a chain of custody go to the weight of the evidence rather than its admissibility. United Stats v. Lampson, 627 F.2d 62, 65 (7th Cir. 1980). See generally, Giannelli, Chain of Custody and the Handling of Real Evidence, 20 Am.Crim.L.Rev. 527, 546 (1983). Moreover, the exhibits were at all times in official custody, and a presumption of regularity attends the discharge of official duties. Aviles, 623 F.2d at 1198. We conclude that the trial judge did not abuse his discretion in admitting Exhibits 26-2 and 24-5 into evidence, and that no error even approaching constitutional magnitude was committed.


Federal Rule of Evidence 801(d)(2)(E) provides that a statement is not hearsay if it is "offered against a party and is . . . a statement by a co-conspirator of a party during the course and in furtherance of the conspiracy." Before a co-conspirator's statement is admissible as non-hearsay, the trial judge must determine by a preponderance of the evidence that the following four conditions have been met:

(1) that there was a conspiracy,

(2) that the declarant was a member of the conspiracy,

(3) that the defendant was a member of the conspiracy, and

(4) that the statement was made in furtherance of the conspiracy.

United States v. Shelton, 669 F.2d 446, 465 97th Cir.), cert. denied, 456 U.S. 934, 102 S. Ct. 1989, 72 L. Ed. 2d 454 (1982); United States v. Santiago, 582 F.2d 1128, 1131 (7th Cir. 1978). The evidence used by the government to establish the conspiracy must be nonhearsay and independent of the statements the government wishes to have admitted after the conspiracy is established. United States v. West, 670 F.2d 675, 684 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, 457 U.S. 1124, 102 S. Ct. 2944, 73 L. Ed. 2d 1340 (1982).

Among the government's witnesses at trial were several employees of the drug houses whose testimony included statements by alleged co-conspirators made during the period of the conspiracy and offered as incriminating evidence against appellant. Appellant challenges the district court's admission of these statements.


First, appellant's appellate counsel asserts in his brief and contended at oral argument that in the early stages of the trial, the trial court, over objection and in the presence of the jury, made findings of a conspiracy and implied that appellant was a member of the conspiracy. He cites three pages of the transcript that allegedly reflect this error.*fn10

Counsel's reading of the transcript is patently erroneous. At Trial Tr. 192, defense counsel objected to testimony that related a statement of Frank Jefferson as to why the drug house was moved to a new location. The government responded that the statement was in the course of and in furtherance of the conspiracy, and the court allowed the statement to be received.*fn11 Similarly, an objection was made to testimony at Trial Tr. 222 relating a conversation between two drug house workers. Upon the government's response that the conversation was in the course of and in furtherance of the conspiracy, the court overruled the objection.*fn12 At Trial Tr. 343, defense counsel objected to testimony as relating to events occurring before the time period of the alleged conspiracy. The court overruled the objection and received the testimony on the condition and subsequent evidence would place the subject matter of the testimony in the relevant time period.*fn13

At none of these points did the trial court in the presence of the jury make a finding of a conspiracy or imply that appellant was a co-conspirator. At each point the court in effect allowed a co-conspirator's statement to be received conditioned upon a subsequent finding that a conspiracy existed. This Court has held that alleged co-conspirators' statements may be admitted before a conspiracy is found, subject to the trial judge subsequently declaring a mistrial or giving a cautionary instruction if the conspiracy showing is not made. United States v. Clark, 649 F.2d 534, 539 (7th Cir. 1981); Santiago, 580 F.2d at 1131. see also United States v. Nicosia, 638 F.2d 970, 974 (7th Cir. 1980), cert. denied, 452 U.S. 961, 69 L. Ed. 2d 972, 101 S. Ct. 3110 (1981). We conclude that in this case, the trial court's conditional admission of co-conspirators' statements prior to its finding of a conspiracy was proper. We also admonish appellant's counsel for making factual assertions on appeal that simply cannot be supported on review of the trial transcript. Such conduct is inexcusable and highly unprofessional.*fn14


At the close of its case, the government moved outside the presence of the jury that "the court make a specific finding that the government has proven to the standard of a preponderance of the evidence that a conspiracy existed and that the hearsay statements admitted during the course of the government's case were properly admissible." (Trial Tr. 783-84). The following day, after permitting defense counsel time to review the transcript and to respond, the trial judge granted the government's motion. (Trial Tr. Vol. V-A, at 2).*fn15

Appellant contends that the trial court's finding of a conspiracy was premature because co-conspirators' statements were received contemporaneously with independent evidence of the conspiracy, and because the finding was made before the defense presented evidence.*fn16 As discussed above, co-conspirators' statements may be admitted contemporaneously with independent evidence establishing the conspiracy. Santiago, 582 F.2d at 1131. "The order of proof is a matter almost wholly within the discretion of the trial judge." Clark, 649 F.2d at 539. Upon extensive review of the entire trial record, we concur with the conclusion of the trial court that ample independent, non-hearsay evidence of a conspiracy was presented by the government. The finding of a conspiracy, as well as the timing of such finding, was well within the sound discrection of the trial court.*fn17


Appellant raises several objections to her conviction of two counts under 21 U.S.C. § 843(b) for use of a communication facility to facilitate the commission of a felony under the Comprehensive Drug Abuse, Prevention and Control Act of 1970.*fn18


The trial court instructed the jury that in order to convict defendant of § 843(b), it had to find that the government had proven three essential elements:

One, that a communications facility was used. Two, that it was used in committing or in causing or facilitating the commission of a violation of that provision of law prohibiting the distribution or possession with intent to distribute of the controlled substances [sic], Ritalin, Talwin or Dilaudid. Third, that the acts are [sic] knowingly and intentionally performed.

(Trial Tr. 900-901). The judge went on to instruct the jury with respect to the continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy counts and further instructed them as follows with respect to the substantive offenses:

If you find that she is guilty of conspiracy as charged in count one, you may also find her guilty of a substantive offense as charged in any other count of the indictment provided that you find that the essential elements of that count as defined in these instructions have been established beyond a reasonable doubt, and provided that you also find beyond a reasonable doubt the following: First, that the offense defined in the substantive count was committed pursuant to the conspiracy. Two, that the particular defendant was a member of the conspiracy at the time the substantive offense was committed. Under the conditions just defined, a defendant may be found guilty of a substantive count even though she did not participate in the acts constituting the offense as defined in the count. The reason for this is that a conspirator commiting [sic] a substantive offense pursuant to a conspiracy is held to be the agent of the other conspirators.

(Trial Tr. 903-904).

Appellant contends that the § 843(b) instruction was deficient in that it did not indicate that to be found guilty, the defendant "must have participated in, exercised control over, or in any manner, directly or constructively, assented to the use of the telephone in the proscribed manner." (Brief of Defendant-Appellant at 42). This articulation, however, is not required when, as here, the trial court fully instructed the jury as to the elements necessary to establish a § 843(b) violation, which are (1) knowing or intentional (2) use of a telephone (3) to facilitate the commission of an offense. United States v. Rey, 641 F.2d 222, 224, n. 6 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 454 U.S. 861, 70 L. Ed. 2d 160, 102 S. Ct. 318 (1981). The § 843(b) instruction given by the trial court, especially when considered in conjunction with the general substantive offense instruction, adequately conveyed the elements of § 843(b) to the jury.


Appellant next contends that the evidence presented by the government was insufficient to send the § 843(b) counts to the jury. The relevant standard for appellate review of the sufficiency of the evidence to support a criminal conviction is "whether, after reviewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution, any rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt." Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307, 319, 99 S. Ct. 2781, 2789, 61 L. Ed. 2d 560 (1979) (emphasis in original).

Appellant bases her sufficiency challenge on the theory that the testimony regarding phone calls placed to appellant's residence could be construed as proving merely that appellant often answered the phone and immediately passed the phone to her husband without "facilitating" any offense herself. Such a limited interpretation of the testimony is not supported by a review of the transcript as a whole. Numerous drug house workers testified that appellant would often call to ask if more drugs were needed, and, if so, would soon arrive at the house with more supplies. Others testified that they would call the Jefferson residence and speak to appellant about the drug house operations. We conclude that the evidence presented by the government with respect to the § 843(b) counts was more than sufficient to send the counts to the jury and, indeed, to support the jury's guilty verdict.


Finally, appellant contends that § 843(b) is a conspiracy statute, violation of which is an inchoate crime, and that the court erred in instructing the jury that the § 843(b) counts were substantive offenses. The exact nature of appellant's objection is unclear. It is true, as appellant explains, that two people are generally required to complete a telephone call. However, this fact does not convert § 843(b) into a statute prohibiting conspiracies, nor does it change the elements of proof required.

It is also true, as appellant next points out, that the offense furthered by the use of the communication facility must be established by a least a preponderance of the evidence. United States v. Rey, 641 F.2d at 224, n. 6. See also United States v. Watson, 594 F.2d 1330, 1342-43 (10th Cir.), cert. denied sub non., Brown v. United States, 444 U.S. 840, 62 L. Ed. 2d 51, 100 S. Ct. 78 (1979). This requirement raises no error here, for the jury found defendant guilty of each of the predicate offenses beyond a reasonable doubt.*fn19

We need not reach the question of whether an inchoate offense may be the predicate offense for a § 843(b) conviction, see e.g., United States v. Rey, 641 F.2d at 224, n. 6; United States v. Thomas, 586 F.2d 123, 130-31 (9th Cir. 1978); United States v. Pierorazio, 578 F.2d 48, 51 (3d Cir.), cert. denied, 439 U.S. 981, 58 L. Ed. 2d 652, 99 S. Ct. 568 (1978), since in this case the underlying offenses were substantive counts alleging unlawful possession and distribution under § 841(a)(1). Appellant contends without supporting authority that the trial court erred in failing to "delineate the scope or members" of the § 846 conspiracy and of the § 843(b) counts. We disagree. Ample evidence was presented by the government to support the § 843(b) convictions. We find no error in the court's submission of these counts to the jury, in the instructions accompanying them or in the guilty verdicts thereon.


Appellant contends that the trial court committed error by submitting to the jury only an "all or nothing" verdict form upon which the jury could indicate that they found the defendant guilty or not guilty of all the counts charged in the indictment. No objection was raised by the defense at trial with respect to the verdict form(s) submitted to the jury.

There is nothing in the record on appeal that shows precisely how many verdict forms were submitted to the jury.*fn20 Counsel for appellant, who was not trial counsel, bases his presumption that only one verdict form was submitted on the fact that the "all-or-nothing" form was the form ultimately used by the jury.*fn21 Counsel for the government, who was counsel at trial, stated at oral argument that as best she could recollect, multiple verdict forms (including the "all or nothing" form) were submitted to the jury. Our review of the trial court's instructions to the jury convinces us that in all likelihood, multiple forms were submitted to the jury, and, at any rate, the jury was well instructed as to its duty to consider each count separately.*fn22


Appellant's final and most significant contentions arise under the Double Jeopardy Clause. She asserts that three aspects of the prosecution and sentencing placed her twice in jeopardy.


Appellant's principal double jeopardy objection arises from the cumulative sentences imposed on the continuing criminal enterprise count and four of the substantive counts.*fn23 She argues that because the jury may have used the offenses charged in those four counts as predicate offenses upon which the § 848 conviction for continuing criminal enterprise was based,*fn24 cumulative punishment in effect placed her twice in jeopardy for the same offense.*fn25

In Whalen v. United States, 445 U.S. 684, 100 S. Ct. 1432, 63 L. Ed. 2d 715 (1980), the Supreme Court considered the double jeopardy implications of multiple punishments imposed in a single criminal proceeding. Starting from the assumption that the Fifth Amendment protects "against multiple punishments for the same offense," citing North Carolina v. Pearce, 395 U.S. 711, 717, 89 S. Ct. 2072, 2076, 23 L. Ed. 2d 656 (1969), the Court acknowledged "the basic principle that within our federal constitutional framework the legislative power to define criminal offenses and to prescribe the punishments to be imposed upon those found guilty of them, resides wholly with the Congress. " 445 U.S. at 689, 100 S. Ct. at 1436. Therefore, the Court concluded, the Double Jeopardy Clause in this context "at the very least precludes federal courts from imposing consecutive sentences unless authorized by Congress to do so." Id. Under Whalen, the question of whether multiple punishments may be imposed for various statutory offenses is a question of statutory construction. Albernaz v. United States, 450 U.S. 333, 101 S. Ct. 1137, 67 L. Ed. 2d 275 (1981); United States v. Phillips, 640 F.2d 87 (7th Cir. 1981).

In Jeffers v. United States, 432 U.S. 137, 97 S. Ct. 2207, 53 L. Ed. 2d 168 (1977), the Supreme Court considered the question of whether Congress intended multiple punishments for continuing criminal enterprise under § 848 and conspiracy under § 846.*fn26 The Court concluded that § 848 "reflects a comprehensive penalty structure that leaves little opportunity for pyramiding of penalties form other sections of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse, Prevention and Control Act of 1970." 432 U.S. at 155, 97 S. Ct. at 2219.

In the instant appeal, the government urges us to limit the Supreme Court's holding in Jeffers to cumulative punishment imposed for § 846. Although we agree that § 846 stands in a different posture with respect to § 848 than do the substantive offense provisions of the Act,*fn27 we do not accept the analogy drawn by the government to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. § 1961 et seq. RICO prohibits, inter alia, patterns of racketeering, and, like the continuing criminal enterprise offense, requires proof of the violation of substantive statutory prohibitions as predicate offenses. In United States v. Hawkins, 658 F.2d 279, 287 (5th Cir. 1981), the Firth Circuit held that Congress clearly intended to permit cumulative punishments for a RICO offense and its underlying predicate crimes. The government argues that, like the RICO punishment structure, Congress intended the § 848 scheme of punishment to supplement rather than supplant punishments for the predicate offenses.

An examination of the Congressional purposes underlying the two acts, however, undermines the government's contention. In enacting RICO, Congress designed sanctions against organized crime to serve as additional tools for the prevention of racketeering activity. United States v. Rone, 598 F.2d 564, 571 99th Cir. 1979), cert. denied sub nom., Little v. United States, 445 U.S. 946, 100 S. Ct. 1345, 63 L. Ed. 2d 780 (1980). Congress stated its intent as follows:

It is the purpose of this Act to seek the eradication of organized crime in the United States by strengthening the legal tools in the evidence gathering process, by establishing new penal prohibitions, and by providing enhanced sanctions and new remedies to deal with the unlawful activities of those engaged in organized crime.

Congressional Statement of Findings and Purpose, Pub. L. 91-452 § 1, as cited in Hawkins, 658 F.2d at 287.

In contrast, the Comprehensive Drug Abuse, Prevention and Control Act of 1970 ("the Drug Act") was intended to replace the haphazard and incomplete statutory provisions for drug control then existing with a comprehensive scheme of drug control and enforcement. The purpose of the Drug Act was stated as follows:

This legislation is designed to deal in a comprehensive fashion with the growing menace of drug abuse in the United States (1) through providing authority for increased efforts in drug abuse prevention, (2) through providing more effective means for law enforcement aspects of drug abuse prevention and control, and (3) by providing for an overall balanced scheme of criminal penalties for offenses involving drugs.

H.R.Rep. No. 91-1444 (Part 1), 91st Cong., 2d Sess. 1 (1970) (emphasis added). As described in the House Report's Summary of the Bill, "[t]he bill revises the entire structure of criminal penalties by providing a consistent method of treatment of all persons accused of violations." Id. at 4. Minimum penalties were eliminated on all substantive offenses in order to provide judges with discretion in sentencing individual offenders who may have been the "victims" of drug abuse. At the same time, Congress wished to provide a mechanism for harsh punishment of professional criminals involved in the sale and distribution of controlled substances. See generally 116 Cong.Rec. H33311-16 (September 23, 1970) (debate on H.R. 18583) and S.Rep. No. 91-613, 91st Cong., 1st Sess. 1-2 (1969).

Continuing criminal enterprise was originally introduced in debates on the early versions of the comprehensive drug bill as a method of sentence enhancement. Under the original concept, the judge could make a finding at the sentencing hearing upon a preponderance of the evidence that the crimes of which the defendant had been convicted were part of a continuing criminal enterprise. Once that finding was made, a much harsher punishment structure that the punishment scheme for individual substantive offenses applied. See 116 Cong.Rec. H33628-34 (September 24, 1970) (debate on a mendment proposed by Rep. Poff) and S.Rep. No. 91-613, 91st Cong., 1st Sess. 27-28 (1969) (original recommendation with respect to continuing criminal enterprise). Due to concern that the elements of continuing criminal enterprise should be proven beyond a reasonable doubt at trial where the defendant is presumed innocent and given complete procedural safeguards, see 116 Cong.Rec. S1668-69 (January 28, 1970), the provision evolved into a separate offense under the Drug Act.

In light of the development of § 848 as the applicable sentencing structure for professional criminals, as well as express Congressional desire for a carefully structured penalty scheme, we conclude that Congress intended § 848 to serve as a comprehensive and exclusive penalty structure for persons professionally involved in criminal drug enterprises. Given the absence of a maximum available prison sentence under § 848, there is in fact no need for cumulative sentences to be imposed on the predicate offenses. See United States v. Chagra, 669 F.2d 241, 262 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 459 U.S. 846, 103 S. Ct. 102, 74 L. Ed. 2d 92 (1982). We therefore hold that cumulative sentences may not be imposed upon the predicate substantive offenses of a § 848 conviction. In the instant case, the imposition of a cumulative sentences on Counts 3, 5, 7 and 10 violated appellant's rights under the Double Jeopardy Clause. Those sentences will be vacated.


Next, appellant contends that concurrent prosecution and conviction for conspiracy under § 846 and for continuing criminal enterprise under § 848 violated the Double Jeopard Clause. Her challenge is premised on the contention that § 846 is a lesser-included offense of § 848, and she asks that her conviction and sentence under § 846 be vacated.

A defendant can be jointly tried on multiple narcotics charges arising from the same act or acts without raising a double jeopardy question, even if some of the alleged felonies are lesser-included offenses of the others. Jeffers, 432 U.S. at 153, 97 S. Ct. at 2217; United States v. Blackston, 547 F. Supp. 1200, 1208 (S.D. Ga. 1982); United States v. Holland, 494 F. Supp. 918, 923 (D. Md. 1980). The fact that appellant was concurrently prosecuted for both § 846 and § 848 presents no problem. If, however, § 846 is a lesser-included offense of § 848, the conviction and sentence imposed for the lesser-included offense must be vacated. See United States v. Buckley, 586 F.2d 498, 504-05 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 440 U.S. 982, 99 S. Ct. 1792, 60 L. Ed. 2d 242 (1978); United States v. Newman, 468 F.2d 791, 796 (5th Cir. 1972), cert. denied, 411 U.S. 905, 36 L. Ed. 2d 194, 93 S. Ct. 1527 (1973); United States v. Rosenthal, 454 F.2d 1252, 1255 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 406 U.S. 931, 32 L. Ed. 2d 134, 92 S. Ct. 1801 (1972).*fn28 To convict and impose punishment for both would be tantamount to twice convincing and punishing one defendant for a single offense, in violation of the Double Jeopardy Clause. See Brown v. Ohio, 432 U.S. 161, 169, 97 S. Ct. 2221, 2227, 53 L. Ed. 2d 187 (1977). The question presented to us at this point, then, is whether § 846 is a lesser-included offense of § 848.*fn29

A statutory prohibition is a lesser-included offense of another if proof of the greater necessarily involves proof of the lesser. Blockburger v. United States, 284 U.S. 299, 52 S. Ct. 180, 76 L. Ed. 306 (1932); Gavieres v. United States, 220 U.S. 338, 31 S. Ct. 421, 55 L. Ed. 489 (1911). See note 29, supra. Section 846 prohibits conspiracy to commit a substantive narcotics offense. Section 848 requires proof of substantive narcotics offenses in concert with five or more persons to whom the defendant acted as organizer, supervisor or manager.*fn30 The legislative history of § 848 (discussed supra) as well as the plain meaning of the words "in concert with" convince us that § 848 was meant to cover large-scale, continuing conspiracies to violate the drug laws. The provision as it developed through Congressional debate clearly contemplated sophisticated criminal drug distribution operations.*fn31 We reject the idea that such an operation could exist without "agreement" between at least the organizer and the individuals supervised sufficient to satisfy the definition of conspiracy under § 846. Consequently, we conclude that § 846 was intended by Congress to be a lesser-included offense of § 848. Accord, United States v. Sperling, 560 F.2d 1050, 1055 (2d Cir. 1977) ("We think it is too plain for cavil that to act "in concert" to violate the law necessarily includes conspiracy to do so, and, hence, to prove the continuing criminal enterprise charge is to prove the conspiracy.") See also United States v. Samuelson, 697 F.2d 255, 259 (8th Cir. 1983); United States v. Lurz, 666 F.2d 69, 75 (4th Cir.), cert. denied, 455 U.S. 1005, 102 S. Ct. 1642, 71 L. Ed. 2d 874 (1981), and United States v. Michel, 588 F.2d 986, 1001 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 444 U.S. 825, 100 S. Ct. 47, 62 L. Ed. 2d 32 (1979) (citing Jeffers for the proposition that § 846 is a lesser-included offense of § 848).

For these reasons, we hold that § 846 is a lesser-included offense of § 848. Appellant's § 846 conviction and sentence will be vacated.


Finally, appellant contends that the Double Jeopardy Clause was violated when she was recalled by the trial judge and resentenced three hours after her original sentencing. Although no objection was made by defense counsel at the time, appellant's counsel on appeal urges that the resentencing was improper and constitutes plain error.

It is well settled that the Double Jeopardy Clause does not prohibit resentencing to correct a sentence entered illegally or erroneously where a defendant has not yet commenced service on his sentence. E.g., United States v. Davidson, 597 F.2d 230, 233 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 444 U.S. 861, 100 S. Ct. 127, 62 L. Ed. 2d 83 (1979); United States v. DiLorenzo, 429 F.2d 216, 221 (2d Cir. 1970), cert. denied, 402 U.S. 950, 91 S. Ct. 1609, 29 L. Ed. 2d 120 (1971); Williams v. United States, 422 F.2d 1318 (5th Cir. 1970). The record here is inconclusive as to whether appellant had been transferred from the court's custody to the custody of the attorney general at the time she was recalled for resentencing.*fn32 We do not view this factual question as material, however, for we hold that even if appellant had commenced service on her sentence, the Double Jeopardy Clause was not violated by the resentencing.

It was previously widely held that commencement of service of the sentence restricted the trial court's power to correct or amend a sentence. See, e.g., United States v. Turner, 518 F.2d 14 (7th Cir. 1975); United States v. Sacco, 367 F.2d 368 (2d Cir. 1966). The premise underlying this rule was that a sentence, once imposed, was to be accorded the finality of a jury verdict and could not be increased without placing the defendant twice in jeopardy imposition of a sentence, it was reasoned, was tantamount to a verdict of acquittal on the possibility of greater punishment. Increasing the punishment placed the defendant twice in jeopardy with respect to the greater punishment. See United States v. Benz, 282 U.S. 304, 307, 51 S. Ct. 113, 114, 75 L. Ed. 354 (1930).

In United States v. DiFrancesco, 449 U.S. 117, 101 S. Ct. 426, 66 L. Ed. 2d 328 (1980), the Supreme Court rejected this reasoning and drew a distinction between a verdict of acquittal and the imposition of a sentence. Noting that there are many situations "under which the defendant is unaware of the precise extent of his punishment for significant periods of time, or even life,"*fn33 the Court concluded that "[T]he Double Jeopardy Clause does not provide the defendant with the right to know at any specific moment in time what the exact limit of his punishment will turn out to be." 101 S. Ct. at 437. Thus, the Court held, a defendant's sentence may be reviewed and increased after commencement of its service without violating the Double Jeopardy Clause. 101 S. Ct. at 435-37.

In light of this holding, we conclude that the trial court's power to modify a sentence is not necessarily terminated when service on the sentence is commenced. Accord, United States v. Busic, 639 F.2d 940, 948 (3d Cir.), cert. denied, 452 U.S. 918, 101 S. Ct. 3055, 69 L. Ed. 2d 422 (1981). The resentencing in the instant case did not violate appellant's rights under the Double Jeopardy Clause.


We are left with the question of whether we must simply vacate the sentences we have found improper and leave appellant to serve ten years on her § 848 conviction, or whether we may properly vacate all the sentences (including the unchallenged § 848 sentence) and remand the entire case for resentencing by the trial judge consistent with his original intentions. Altough 28 U.S.C. § 2106 vest in us, inter alia, the supervisory power to vacate and remand the entire sentencing package despite the fact that it includes an unchallenged sentence, see, e.g., Johnson v. United States, 619 F.2d 366, 368 (5th Cir. 1980), and United States v. Moore, 176 U.S. App. D.C. 309, 540 F.2d 1088, 1091 (D.C. Cir 1976), to do so would be futile unless the trial judge has discretion to increase appellant's § 848 sentence.*fn34

As discussed supra, the rule in this and other circuits prior to DiFrancesco was that increasing a sentence once service had begun was prohibited as a violation of the guarantee against double jeopardy. Turner, 518 F.2d at 15-16. accord, e.g., United States v. Fredenburgh, 602 F.2d 1143, 1147-48 (3d Cir. 1979); Sullens v. United States, 409 F.2d 545, 547 (5th Cir. 1969); United States v. Sacco, 367 F.2d at 369-70. No exception was made where the enhancement was for the purpose of carrying out the intentions of the judge and fulfilling the expectations of the defendant. Turner, 518 F.2d at 16.

In light of DiFrancesco, however, it is necessary to abandon the rule of Turner. Where a sentence is held on appeal to be improper or illegal, it is not inconsistent with the Double Jeopardy Clause for a defendant to be resentenced upon remand according to the original intentions of the trial judge, even if this entails enhancement of one or more of the original sentences. Accord, McClain v. United States, 676 F.2d 915 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 459 U.S. 879, 103 S. Ct. 174, 74 L. Ed. 2d 143 (1982); United States v. Busic, 639 F.2d 940 (3d Cir.), cert. denied, 452 U.S. 918, 101 S. Ct. 3055, 69 L. Ed. 2d 422 (1981). Because the trial judge is vested with discretion to increase appellant's § 848 sentence, we will vacate and remand the entire sentence "package" for resentencing.


Appellant's § 846 conspiracy conviction and sentence on Count 1 are vacated. The remaining convictions are affirmed. The sentences imposed on Counts 2 through 25 are vacated and remanded for resentencing consistent with this opinion. It is so ordered.

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