Conviction of defendant for drug related offenses in international waters
US v. Cardales-Luna, 08-1028, concerned a challenge to a defendant's conviction for drug related offenses, arising from a search of a Bolivian flag vessel in international waters by the United States Coast Guard.
In affirming the conviction, the court held that defendant's argument
that the government proved only that he was present on a vessel that
happened to be carrying drugs, not that he knowingly possessed those
drugs with the intent to distribute is without merit as the evidence
against defendant was sufficient to sustain his conviction. The court
also held that the U.S. Coast Guard Commander's terse certification was
sufficient to establish that the vessel was subject to the jurisdiction
of the United States.