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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
California v. Carney
Citation:471 U.S. 386, 105 S.Ct. 2066, 85 L.Ed.2d 406.
On May 31, 1979, agents watched the defendant approach a youth in downtown San Diego. The youth accompanied the defendant to a Dodge Mini Motor Home parked in a nearby lot. The defendant and the youth closed the window shades in the motor home. An agent had previously received uncorroborated information that the same motor home was used by another person who was exchanging marijuana for sex.
When the youth left the motor home, the agents followed and stopped him. The youth told the agents that he had received marijuana in return for sexual contact. At the agents’ request, the youth returned to the motor home and knocked on its door. The defendant opened the door and without a warrant or consent, one agent entered the motor home and observed marijuana, plastic bags, and a scale of the kind used in weighing drugs on a table.
The defendant was arrested. He filed a motion to suppress the evidence discovered in the search of his motor home, arguing that it violated the Fourth Amendment. The court denied the motion. He appealed, and the California Supreme Court reversed.
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