Nos. 07-2505, 07-2506, 07-2507, 07-3313.

543 F.3d 363 (2008)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Douglas FARMER, James Ellis, Josiah Compton, and Gerald Howliet, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided September 9, 2008.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Donald S. Boyce (argued), Office of the United States Attorney, Fairview Heights, IL, Plaintiff-Appellee.

Daniel P. Reardon, Jr. (argued), Fabbri & Zotos, Paul E. Sims (argued), Stokely Group, St. Louis, MO, Hannah V. Garst (argued), Hannah V. Garst, Chicago, IL, David W. Dugan (argued), Dugan & Diaz, East Alton, IL, for Defendants-Appellants.

Before BAUER, RIPPLE and MANION, Circuit Judges.

BAUER, Circuit Judge.

This is a consolidated appeal from the convictions of four out of fourteen defendants for various offenses stemming from a drug distribution ring in the East St. Louis, Illinois area.

The government began investigating Defendants-Appellants Douglas Farmer, James Ellis, Josiah Compton, and Gerald Howliet in 2003 after learning of their involvement in the distribution of crack, powder cocaine, and marijuana. The investigation included the...


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