W.D.Ky.: Police responding to a panic alarm developed PC for a SW from MJ smell

Police responded to a panic alarm at defendant’s home. He was defensive and really didn’t want them around. They could smell burnt marijuana coming from the house. A sweep was conducted, and then the police obtained a search warrant. The warrant was valid based on probable cause from the response to the panic alarm. Even if the sweep was unreasonable, enough other information justified the warrant. United States v. Cooper, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60945 (W.D. Ky. April 21, 2017).*

The affidavit showed probable cause for heroin sales coming from defendant’s house. At the least the search is protected by the good faith exception. The search of defendant’s car depends on the house search, so it is valid, too. United States v. Strong, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61012 (E.D. Mo. March 23, 2017),* adopted, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60257 (E.D. Mo. Apr. 20, 2017).*

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