Defendant-appellant Adeyemi Adeniji appeals from a judgment of conviction and sentence entered on August 3, 1993 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Merhige, J., sitting by designation), after a jury trial, convicting him of importing heroin, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 952(a), and possessing heroin with intent to distribute it, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). The district court sentenced Adeniji to concurrent sixty-three month terms of imprisonment, to be followed by a four-year term of supervised release, and imposed a $100 special assessment. On appeal, Adeniji contends that the district court committed reversible error during the trial by: (1) failing to strike the testimony of a government agent regarding an oral statement made by Adeniji that was not disclosed prior to trial; (2) allowing a juror to make oral inquiries; (3) failing to give a missing witness charge; and (4) giving an improper conscious avoidance charge after having assured the parties that such an instruction would not be given. In a separate pro se submission, Adeniji also contends that he was convicted in contravention of his rights under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 3161-3174. While we conclude that none of the trial error claims warrants reversal of Adeniji's conviction, we remand the case to the district court to consider the Speedy Trial issue.
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