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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Illinois v. Gates
Citation:462 U.S. 213 (1983)
On May 3, 1978, the Bloomingdale Police Department received by mail an anonymous handwritten letter that read as follows: “This letter is to inform you that you have a couple in your town who strictly make their living on selling drugs. They are Sue and Lance Gates, they live on Greenway, off Bloomingdale Rd. The letter was referred by the Chief of Police of the Bloomingdale Police Department to Detective Mader, who decided to pursue the tip. Mader contacted a confidential informant, whose examination of certain financial records revealed a more recent address for the Gates, and made arrangements with an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration for surveillance of the May 5 Eastern Airlines that the Gates were scheduled to take. Mader signed an affidavit setting forth the foregoing facts, and submitted it to a judge, together with a copy of the anonymous letter.
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