Seventh Circuit Upholds 924(C) Conviction Where Gun Sales Were Discussed Before Marijuana Sales.

The defendant in this case sold to an informant a gun and marijuana. The conversations started with talk about the sale of the gun. More talk about marijuana came later, and both items were exchanged at the same time.

The defendant argued that the circumstances of this case meant that the marijuana sale was coincidental and that the gun sale was not in furtherance of trafficking marijuana.

Both the District Court and now the Seventh Circuit rejected this argument. They concluded that the temporal sequence still allowed the gun sale to be in furtherance of the marijuana sale for the purposes of a conviction under 924(c).

The case is United States v. Adrian Bailey; No. 17-1031.

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