DE: Typo of month of controlled buy in affidavit for SW could be ignored; totality shows what it really is

The affidavit says that the controlled buy was in the “second half of February 2017” when the search warrant was issued February 1. It’s clear to the court from reading the affidavit as a whole that this is a typo that can be ignored. State v. Tingle, 2017 Del. Super. LEXIS 623 (Dec. 1, 2017).

Defendant was pulled over for a seatbelt violation, and the officer smelled marijuana coming from the passenger compartment. A drug dog was called. The first officer never told the canine officer about the smell. While that can be used to assess credibility, it’s not determinative, and the officer was otherwise credible on the stand. Calling the dog was justified. State v. Faulkner, 2017 Del. Super. LEXIS 611 (Nov. 30, 2017).*

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