UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
January 11, 1957
UNITED STATES of America
The opinion of the court was delivered by: GRIM
Defendant, having waived a jury, was found guilty of selling narcotics. A government agent was looking for a narcotics suspect unconnected with the defendant. While doing so he happened upon the defendant, whom he did not know, approached him and broached the subject of narcotics. The agent asked the defendant to sell the agent narcotics and after negotiations and maneuvers the defendant did so.
The defendant has moved for judgment of acquittal. He contends that the entire transaction originated with agents of the government, who had no reason to believe that he was in the narcotics traffic, and that he was entrapped. I find that this is a case in which 'the defendant was already disposed to such wrongdoing, awaiting only an advantageous and apparently safe opportunity,' as evidenced by his 'response to the particular request * * *', United States v. Sawyer, 3 Cir., 1954, 210 F.2d 169, 170, and that there was no entrapment.
The motion for judgment of acquittal is denied.
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