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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
Uriel Harris v. State
Citation:806 A.2d 119 (Del. 2002)
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A police detective was at a Wilmington train station to monitor incoming trains for drug couriers, although he did not receive any tips that day. Harris (defendant) boarded a train from Philadelphia to Wilmington to meet his friend Green. After disembarking the train, the detective noticed Harris was carrying a backpack and looked over his shoulder three times. Because he “fit the profile” of a drug courier, the detective and his partner decided to follow Harris to conduct a drug interdiction. They pursued the vehicle in which Harris and Green were riding and conducted a stop. When the officers approached the car, they asked if the backpack Harris was wearing belonged to him. Harris, Green, and the woman driver all denied ownership of the bag, which was found to contain crack cocaine. Harris was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and trafficking more than 100 grams of cocaine. He moved to suppress the drugs found in the bag, and the trial court denied the motion.
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