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No ‘Safety-Valve’ Sentence for Heroin Importer (access required)

A native of Ghana and Dutch citizen discovered to have ingested 998 grams of heroin for importation into the U.S. as he returned from Ghana was not eligible for a minimum sentence under the “safety valve” statute for his conviction under 21 U.S.C. § 952(a), the 4th Circuit says. The district court concluded defendant was not ...