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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Murray v. United States
Citation:487 U.S. 533 (1988)
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Both cases arise out of the conviction of petitioner Michael F. Murray, petitioner James D. Carter, and others for conspiracy to possess and distribute illegal drugs. Based on information received from information received from informants, federal law enforcement agents had been surveilling petitioner Murray and several of his co-conspirators. They observed Murray drive a truck and Carter drive a green camper, into a warehouse in South Boston. Murray and Carter later turned over the truck and camper to other drivers, who were in turn followed and ultimately arrested, and the vehicles lawfully seized. Both vehicles were found to contain marijuana. After receiving this information, several of the agents converged on South Boston warehouse and forced entry. They observed in plain view numerous burlap-wrapped bales that were later found to contain marijuana. In applying for the warrant, the agents did not mention the prior entry and did not rely on any observations made during that entry.
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