Submitted September 22, 2015
[Copyrighted Material Omitted]
Appeals from United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri - St. Louis.
For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee (14-2998, 14-3196): Tiffany Gulley Becker, Kenneth Tihen, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri, Saint Louis, MO.
Carmen Haire, Defendant - Appellant (14-2998), Pro se, Forrest City, AR.
For Carmen Haire, Defendant - Appellant (14-2998): Talmage E. Newton, Newton & Wright, Saint Louis, MO.
For George Lee, also known as: Chip, and/or Chips, Defendant - Appellant (14-2998): Jason Korner, Clayton, MO.
George Lee, also known as: Chip, and/or Chips, Defendant - Appellant (14-3196), Pro se, Yazoo City, MS.
Before MURPHY, MELLOY, and SMITH, Circuit Judges.
MURPHY, Circuit Judge.
Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) overheard George Lee making statements on a wiretapped phone about the shipment of cocaine and marijuana from Houston to distributors in St. Louis. Carmen Haire was arrested on his way to Houston with over $33,000 of cash that he was carrying to Lee. After a jury trial Lee was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, conspiracy to launder the proceeds of drug trafficking, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Haire was convicted of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of drug trafficking. Lee appeals, challenging the foundation for the wiretap recordings, the admission of expert testimony interpreting language used on the recordings, and the admission of statements mentioning drug cartels. ...