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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
California v. Greenwood
Citation:486 U.S. 35 (1988).
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An investigator at the Laguna Beach Police Department received information indicating that the Respondent, Greenwood, was possibly engaged in narcotics trafficking. The investigator asked the neighborhood’s regular trash collector to pick up plastic garbage bags the Respondent left on the curb in front of his house and to turn the bas over to the police department without mixing their contents with garbage bags from other houses. The trash collector did as instructed. The investigator searched through the trash and found items indicating narcotics use. The investigator included the information gathered from the trash search in an affidavit in support of a search warrant for the Respondent’s home. Police officers went to the Respondent’s home later that day to execute the warrant and discovered quantities of cocaine and other drugs during their search. The Respondent was arrested on felony narcotics charges. The Respondent posted bail. The police continued to get reports of many late night visitors to the Respondent’s home. An investigator obtained trash from the Respondent’s home in the same manner as before. The garbage contained evidence of narcotics use. The police secured another search warrant for the Respondent’s home based on the second trash search. During the search, police found more narcotics as well as evidence of narcotics trafficking. The Respondent was arrested again
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