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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
Illinois v. Gates
Citation:462 U.S. 213 (1983)
The Bloomingdale Police Department received an anonymous letter informing them that there was “a couple in your town who strictly make their living on selling drugs. They are Sue and Lance Gates.” An examination of records revealed that the Gates’ were scheduled to depart on a flight on May 5. The Police Department made arrangements to surveil that flight. The judge issued a search warrant for the Gateses’ residence and their automobile. When the Gateses returned, the police were awaiting them. A search of the Gateses’ home revealed drugs, weapons, and other contraband. The Illinois Circuit Court ordered suppression of all these items.
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