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People v. Sanders

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


June 16, 2009

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
DAVID SANDERS, JR., DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Edward J. McLaughlin, J.), rendered February 13, 2008, convicting defendant, after a jury trial, of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, and sentencing him, as a second felony drug offender, to a term of 31/2 years, unanimously affirmed.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Saxe, J.P., Sweeny, Moskowitz, Acosta, Richter, JJ.

2244/07

The court's main and supplemental charges on the agency defense sufficiently conveyed the appropriate principles. The court properly instructed the jury to consider all the relevant factors, and any emphasis on the principle that a person who arranges a drug transaction primarily for his or her own benefit is not an agent (see People v Lam Lek Chong, 45 NY2d 64, 74-75 [1978], cert denied 439 US 935 [1978]; People v Brown, 52 AD3d 204 [2008], lv denied 11 NY3d 786 [2008]; People v Sanchez, 35 AD3d 161 [2006], lv denied 8 NY3d 949 [2007]) was prompted by defendant's own testimony revealing that he made the equivalent of a 50% commission on the transaction, as well as by the jury's request for reinstruction on this factor.

The surcharges and fees were properly imposed (see People v Guerrero, 12 NY3d 45 [2009]).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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