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United States v. Conant

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

August 26, 2015

United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee
v.
Rendy Conant, Defendant - Appellant; United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee
v.
Bruce Conant, Defendant - Appellant

Submitted June 11, 2015

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Appeals from United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Springfield.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee (14-3158): Cynthia Jean Hyde, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ami Harshad Patel Miller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Springfield, MO.

Rendy Conant, Defendant - Appellant (14-3158), Pro se, Aliceville, AL.

For Rendy Conant, Defendant - Appellant (14-3158): Drey Cooley, CAPES & SOKOL, Saint Louis, MO; Tyce Stuart Smith, Sr., SMITH & TURLEY, Waynesville, MO.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee (14-3201): Cynthia Jean Hyde, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ami Harshad Patel Miller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Springfield, MO.

Bruce Conant, Defendant - Appellant (14-3201), Pro se, Yazoo City, MS.

For Bruce Conant, Defendant - Appellant (14-3201): Donald R. Cooley, Springfield, MO; Drey Cooley, CAPES & SOKOL, Saint Louis, MO.

Before GRUENDER, BEAM, and BENTON, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

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BENTON, Circuit Judge.

Rendy Fay Conant and Bruce Richard Conant conditionally pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A)(viii). They reserved the right to appeal the denial of their motions to suppress evidence and for a Franks hearing. Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this court affirms.

Officer Victor Weir began investigating narcotics crimes in July 2011. A Waynesville, Missouri, police officer, he had been in law enforcement for about 14 years, primarily as a patrolman. He then had about 40 hours of training in narcotics investigations. In July 2012, he presented the ...


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