USA v. Jose Fernandez-Rubio
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [12-41222 Affirmed ] Judge: EHJ , Judge: JLD , Judge: CH Mandate pull date is 08/26/2013 for Appellant Jose Fernandez-Rubio; granting motion for summary affirmance filed by Appellant Mr. Jose Fernandez-Rubio [7293190-2] [12-41222]
Date Filed: 08/05/2013
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
August 5, 2013
Lyle W. Cayce
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Texas
USDC No. 2:12-CR-535-1
Before JONES, DENNIS, and HAYNES, Circuit Judges.
Jose Fernandez-Rubio appeals the 46-month sentence imposed following
his guilty-plea conviction for being unlawfully present in the United States
after having previously been deported. He argues that the district court erred
when it characterized his prior conviction for conspiracy involving the
importation of cocaine as a drug trafficking offense and increasing his offense
level pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 2L1.2(b)(1)(A).
Pursuant to 5TH CIR . R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be
published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR .
Date Filed: 08/05/2013
According to Fernandez-Rubio, his conspiracy conviction is not a drug
trafficking offense because, unlike the generic, contemporary definition of
conspiracy, the federal drug conspiracy under 21 U.S.C. § 846, of which he was
convicted does not require proof of an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.
He concedes, however, that his argument is foreclosed by United States v.
Rodriguez-Escareno, 700 F.3d 751, 753-54 (5th Cir. 2012), cert. denied, 2013 WL
1313840 (Apr. 29, 2013) (No. 12-9483).
In Rodriguez-Escareno, we concluded that a reasonable interpretation of
the Guidelines provides that conspiring to commit a federal drug trafficking
offense qualifies for the § 2L1.2(b)(1)(A)(i) enhancement. 700 F.3d at 753-54.
Accordingly, Fernandez-Rubio’s motion for summary disposition is GRANTED,
and the judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.
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