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United States v. Grandison

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

March 26, 2015

United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee
v.
Tamiko Grandison, Defendant - Appellant

Submitted: February 13, 2015.

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Appeal from United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Kansas City.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee: Charles E. Ambrose Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Kansas City, MO.

For Tamiko Grandison, Defendant - Appellant: Wainsworth Anderson, Anderson Law Group, Kansas City, MO; John G. Gromowsky, Kansas City, MO.

Tamiko Grandison, Defendant - Appellant, Pro se, Waseca, MN.

Before RILEY, Chief Judge, LOKEN and SMITH, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

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RILEY, Chief Judge.

A jury convicted Tamiko Grandison of one count of conspiracy to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § § 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(A) and 846. The district court sentenced Grandison to 360 months imprisonment. Grandison appeals her conviction and sentence. With appellate jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, we affirm her conviction, vacate her sentence, and remand for resentencing.

I. BACKGROUND

Between January 1, 2004 and June 17, 2010, Grandison delivered cocaine in the Kansas City, Missouri, area for Jiles Johnson, a national illegal drug distributor. Johnson testified Grandison delivered approximately 525 to 675 kilograms of cocaine during this period. At Johnson's instruction, Grandison obtained the cocaine at truck stops from smugglers bringing the cocaine from California, and would load thirty-gallon drums of cocaine into the trunk of her car. She then stored the

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cocaine at her home until Johnson told her to make a delivery. When directed by Johnson, Grandison separated out the instructed amount and delivered it to a dealer, using her personal car with TAMIKO license plates. The dealer would remove the cocaine and turn over cocaine sale proceeds.

On July 12, 2011, a federal grand jury indicted Grandison on one count of conspiracy to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine. Later that month, and after her initial appearance and arraignment, Grandison applied for jobs at the United States Postal Service and the Internal Revenue Service. On those job ...


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