Submitted October 28, 2008.
The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed.R.App.P. 34(a)(2).
Filed November 3, 2008.
Carol M. Lee, Esq., Office of the U.S. Attorney, Stewart M. Young, Esq., U.S. Attorneys Office, Southern District of California, Criminal Division, San Diego, CA, for Plaintiff-Appellee.
Efrain Ramirez-Ramirez, Taft, CA, pro se.
Steven A. Feldman, Esq., Uniondale, NY, for Defendant-Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Irma E. Gonzalez, District Judge, Presiding. D.C. No. CR-02-00571-1-IEG.
Before: HAWKINS, RAWLINSON, and M. SMITH, Circuit Judges.
Efrain Ramirez-Ramirez appeals from the 168-month sentence imposed, upon remand, following his guilty-plea conviction for conspiracy to distribute heroin, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846.
Pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967), Ramirez-Ramirez's counsel has filed a brief stating there are no arguable grounds for relief, along with a motion to withdraw as counsel of record. The appellant has filed pro se supplemental briefs, and the government has filed an answering brief.
Our independent review of the record pursuant to Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75, 80-81, 109 S.Ct. 346, 102 L.Ed.2d 300 (1988), discloses no arguable grounds for relief on direct appeal. Accordingly, counsel's motion to withdraw is GRANTED, and the sentence is AFFIRMED.