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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
United States v. Sylvia Mendenhall
Citation:446 U.S. 544 (1980)
Two DEA agents stopped Mendenhall (defendant) as she disembarked from a plane because her conduct appeared to be characteristic of a person carrying narcotics. After briefly questioning Mendenhall, the agents learned that she had been in California for only two days and had flown to Detroity with an airline ticket under another name. One of the agents asked Mendenhall if she would accompany him to the airport DEA office about 50 feet away from where they were speaking, and she followed him. There, the agent asked Mendenhall if she would allow a search of her person and bag, informing her that she had the right to decline the search. Mendenhall responded, “Go ahead.” A search of her person revealed two small packages, one containing heroin.
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