State v. Steele, ___ N.C. App. ___, 817 S.E.2d 487 (Jul. 3, 2018)

In this drug trafficking case, the court rejected the defendant’s argument that the trial court abused its discretion under Rule 403 by admitting statements made by a confidential informant about the defendant’s distribution of drugs to a law enforcement officer for the limited purpose of explaining the course of the investigation. The statements were relevant and explain the steps taken by officers during the investigation. Further, the limiting instruction demonstrated that the trial court thoughtfully considered the nature of the testimony and how it could potentially be used by the jury.