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Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
Illinois v. Gates
Citation:462 U.S. 213, 103 S.Ct. 2317, 76 L.Ed.2d 527.
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On May 3, 1978, the Bloomingdale Police Department received an anonymous letter describing the Gates’ alleged drug selling operations. The letter included details of the couple’s “unique” travel plans to and from Florida. The letter was referred to a detective who decided to pursue the tip. Through surveillance of the O’Hare airport and West Palm Beach airport and hotel, the detective was able to corroborate the travel plans described in the anonymous letter. The detective signed an affidavit setting forth the information with a copy of the anonymous letter. Police were waiting with a warrant when the Gates returned to their home in Bloomingdale. A search of the car revealed 350 pounds of marijuana in the trunk, and a search of the home uncovered more marijuana, weapons, and other contraband.
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