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Wyoming v. Houghton
Citation:526 U.S. 295 (1999)
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Houghton (Respondent) was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a traffic stop. Officers observed a drug syringe in the driver’s shirt pocket, leading them to search the car for more contraband. The officers found a purse in the backseat belonging to Houghton. The purse contained a pouch and wallet both containing methamphetamine. Houghton had identified herself under a fake name, and denied that the pouch inside the purse belonged to her. She was charged with felony drug possession, and moved to suppress the drug evidence on the ground that the search of the car was illegal.
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