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Argued October 9, 2001

Opinion for the Court filed by Circuit Judge Sentelle.

Pernell Sumlin was convicted after a jury trial of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine base in violation of 21 U.S.C. ss 846, 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B)(ii); unlawful distribution of 5 grams or more of cocaine base in violation of 21 U.S.C. s 841(a)(1)(B)(iii); and, unlawful distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine and aiding and abetting, in violation of 21 U.S.C. ss 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B)(ii) and 18 U.S.C. s 2. Sumlin appeals, arguing that the Government impermissibly introduced evidence relating to his “prior bad acts” and improperly bolstered the credibility of its paid informant. Sumlin also argues that his convictions should be overturned because the evidence presented at trial established entrapment as a matter of law. Finding no merit to Sumlin’s arguments, we affirm his convictions.

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