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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
New York v. Belton
Citation:453 U.S. 454, 101 S.Ct. 2860, 69 L.Ed.2d 768.
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Officers saw an automobile traveling at an excessive rate of speed. They gave chase, overtook the speeding vehicle, and ordered its driver to pull it over to the side of the road and stop. There were four men in the car, one of whom was the defendant, Roger Belton. Officers smelled burnt marijuana and had seen on the floor of the car an envelope marked “Supergold” that he associated with marijuana. He therefore directed the men to get out of the car, and placed them under arrest for the unlawful possession of marijuana. He also searched the passenger compartment of the car. On the back seat, he found a black leather jacket belonging to the defendant. He unzipped one of the pockets of the jacket and discovered cocaine.
The defendant filed a motion to suppress the cocaine, but it was denied and he was found guilty. The Court of Appeals of New York reversed.
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