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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Campos
Citation:132 F. Supp. 2d 1181 (N.D. Iowa 2001)
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Officers responded to a call that there were marijuana plants being grown behind a home. The officers approached the home and got verbal and written consent from all the residents to search the residence for drugs. Officers did not find anything illegal in the bedrooms belonging to the first two residents, but in the defendant’s room found a shoe box that contained a plastic bag of 50.6 grams of methamphetamine, a .38 caliber handgun, ammunition, and multiple false identifications. In the home there was also found butane lighter and a pen casing with residue of meth on it. The defendant conceded that the methamphetamine was for his personal use, but was charged for possession with intent to distribute.
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