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United States v. Wilner

decided: September 10, 1975.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, APPELLEE,
v.
ROBERT WILNER, RICHARD BELANGER AND ROBERT VISSA, DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, APPELLEE, V. DOMINIC MECCA, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT



Appeal from convictions following separate trials in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Morris E. Lasker, District Judge, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and for possession with intent to distribute approximately 500 pounds of marijuana. Affirmed.

Feinberg, Timbers and Van Graafeiland, Circuit Judges.

Author: Van Graafeiland

VAN GRAAFEILAND, Circuit Judge:

These are appeals from convictions, following separate trials, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and for possession with intent to distribute approximately 500 pounds of marijuana in violation of 21 U.S.C. ยงยง 812, 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B) and 846.

Since a resume of the facts upon which the convictions were based reads somewhat like the scenario of an adventure movie, it may appropriately be begun with the following listing of the cast of characters:

Air Seas Charter, Inc.: a corporation ostensibly formed to conduct chartered fishing excursions in Miami, Florida;

Robert Wilner: president of Air Seas Charter, Inc. and an amateur pilot;

Richard Belanger: secretary of Air Seas Charter, Inc.;

Dominic Mecca: another officer of Air Seas Charter, Inc.;

Robert Vissa: a friend of Mecca and the owner of a sailing sloop located in Maine;

Richard Palmer: airplane pilot, flight instructor and part-time government informer whose case was severed after indictment and who testified as a government witness;

Richard Thurlow: a licensed fishing boat captain and a government witness who was not indicted;

Stephan Smith: a boat mechanic and friend of Thurlow who was acquitted;

James Adams: a dealer and processor of marijuana and hashish at Runaway Bay, Jamaica, and a fugitive from ...


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