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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
California v. Acevedo
Citation:500 U.S. 565 (1991)
On October 28, 1987, Officer Coleman of the Santa Ana, Cal., Police Department received a telephone call from a federal drug enforcement agent in Hawaii. The agent informed Coleman that he had seized a package containing marijuana which was to have been delivered to the Federal Express Office in Santa Ana and which was addressed to J.R. Daza at 805 West Stevens Avenue in that city. On October 30, a man who identified himself as Jamie Daza, arrived to claim the package. Officers observed Daza leave the apartment and drop the box and paper that had contained the marijuana into a trash bin. That afternoon, respondent Charles Acevedo entered Daza’s apartment and reappeared carrying a brown paper bag that looked full. The officers noticed that the bag was the size of one of the wrapped marijuana packages sent from Hawaii. Officers stopped him and opened the bag and found marijuana. Respondent was charged with possession of marijuana for sale.
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