MA: Officer could follow def into open garage during active drug trafficking investigation

“A Superior Court judge properly denied a criminal defendant’s pretrial motion to suppress evidence discovered following a police officer’s warrantless entry into an open garage through which the officer followed the defendant after observing him standing inside it during a drug trafficking investigation, where exigent circumstances justified the entry and the resulting search and seizure, in that the police had probable cause and reason to believe that the defendant would remove evidence and escape apprehension if not pursued; and where the exigent circumstances were not foreseeable and were not deliberately created by the police.” (Summary by the court) Commonwealth v. Polanco, 2018 Mass. App. LEXIS 19 (Feb. 20, 2018).

The prosecutor is absolutely immune for actions in obtaining a [valid] search warrant the same as the judge that signed it and the clerks who handled it. Matthews v. Hillegass, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26354 (D. N.J. Feb. 20, 2018).

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