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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
United States v. Karo
Citation:468 U.S. 705, 104 S.Ct. 3296, 82 L.Ed.2d 530.
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In August of 1980, a law enforcement agent learned that the defendants had ordered 50 gallons of ether to extract cocaine from clothing that had been imported into the United States. The Government obtained a court order authorizing the installation and monitoring of a beeper in one of the cans of ether. With the original owner’s consent, agents substituted their own can containing a beeper for one of the cans in the shipment and then had all 10 cans painted to give them a uniform appearance.
Prior to trial, the district court suppressed the evidence. The circuit court affirmed, holding that it was a violation of the defendants’ Fourth Amendment rights.
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