Supreme Court Makes Bombshell Drug Mule Ruling

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( – On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled against a woman from California who had been convicted of smuggling drugs across the Southern Border. The woman had previously claimed she had been “unwittingly” acting as a “blind” mule for the operation. 

In a 6-3 ruling the Justices found that the lower court’s decision should be upheld and allowed the testimony of an expert witness that had called into question the woman’s contention. Delilah Guadalupe Diaz had argued that she had not known that methamphetamine had been hidden in the car she had been driving. The amount she was carrying has been valued at $368,550. 

The case questioned the lengths law enforcement agents could go when acting as expert witnesses in a case and telling a jury that a defendant in a case had had a “guilty mind.” In this case, the judge allowed the expert witness to testify and noted that usually drivers who are hired to drive know that they are transporting drugs. 

In 2021, a San Diego federal court jury ruled that Diaz was guilty of illegally transporting methamphetamine. That ruling showed that she knew about the drugs being located In the car. As a result of the verdict, Diaz was sentenced to seven years in prison. 

Diaz’s legal team has argued that the testimony violates a Federal Rules of Evidence provision relating to the type of evidence allowed to be presented in legal cases. 

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