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Wagner v. State
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Officer Duncan (Duncan) and an informant made purchases of crack cocaine from a vehicle that was equipped with a video camera; the purchases were made by the informant from the driver’s side of the vehicle. Informant, and the vehicle, were searched prior to the operation, and no contraband was found. A camera was then mounted in the vehicle, and Duncan sent the informant to make the purchases. Informant made three separate purchases, all from Appellant. The camera recorded informant being handed something by Appellant and informant handing Appellant money. Informant returned and presented Duncan with crack cocaine. The process was repeated twice, for a total of three purchases. Following the purchases, the vehicle and informant were again searched, and no contraband was found. At trial, the jury was able to view the video, but was not permitted to hear the audio of the purchases. The jury found Appellant guilty, and sentenced him to a total of 180 years in prison.
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