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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Kentucky v. King
Citation:563 U.S. 452 (2011)
This case concerns the search of an apartment in Lexington, Kentucky. Police officers set up a controlled buy of crack cocaine outside an apartment complex. Undercover Officer Gibbons watched the deal take place from an unmarked car in a nearby parking lot. Gibbons had radioed that the suspect was running into the apartment on the right, but the officers did not hear this statement and approached the apartment on the left where the strong odor came from. The officers announced that “this is the police” and as soon as they started banging on the door, they could hear people inside moving. These noises led the officers to believe that drug-related evidence was about to be destroyed. One officer kicked in the door and din a subsequent search, they discovered cocaine and other drugs.
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