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Argued: October 30, 2001

Vacated and remanded.

Carlos Garcia appeals from the February 9, 2001, judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Carol B. Amon, Judge) after a trial jury convicted him of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. �� 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B)(ii)(II), and 846, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. �� 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B)(ii)(II). The district court sentenced Garcia principally to two concurrent terms of 120 months imprisonment. On appeal, Garcia challenges two of the court’s evidentiary rulings. First, Garcia argues that the court erred in admitting evidence of Garcia’s prior conviction for the sale of cocaine to show his knowledge or intent regarding the instant drug deal. Second, Garcia argues that the court erred in allowing the government informant to interpret a code in which he and Garcia allegedly spoke during a recorded phone conversation. We find that the district court abused its discretion in both admitting the prior conviction and allowing the testimony. Furthermore, we find that these errors were not harmless, and we vacate both of Garcia’s convictions and remand for a new trial.

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