Sufficient Possession

February 11, 2014

  • 96H Controlled Substances
  • 96HIII Prosecutions
  • 96Hk70 Weight and Sufficiency of Evidence
  • 96Hk79 k. Possession in general.

96H Controlled SubstancesTo satisfy possession element of offense of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, government was not required to catch defendant with his “hand in the cookie jar”; government only needed to prove “constructive possession,” which could be established through circumstantial evidence and existed where evidence demonstrated ownership, dominion, authority, or control.

United States v. Lane, 591 F.3d 921 (7th Cir. 2010)