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Criminal – Cell Phone – Cocaine Buy – Personal Use (access required)

Although buying cocaine on the street for personal use may only be a misdemeanor, defendant’s use of a cell phone to arrange the buy brought the transaction under 21 U.S.C. § 843(b), which covers use of a “communication facility” to commit felonies such as drug distribution; in upholding defendant’s conviction, the 4th Circuit takes the ...