NC: Knock-and-talk at side door was unreasonable; the fact def’s friends and occasional buyers went to that door and not obvious front door isn’t an excuse

The police did a knock-and-talk and went to a side door. A knock-and-talk is limited to the door the public goes to. The fact an occasional visitor defendant knew well was permitted to go to another door doesn’t give the police license to go there, too. Here, the police believed that a couple of people were permitted to go to another door for alleged drug deals. That still didn’t permit the police, too. State v. Stanley, 2018 N.C. App. LEXIS 482 (May 15, 2018).

All kinds of “red flags” came up that amounted to reasonable suspicion defendant was transporting drugs, including an open sore that the officer believed was from methamphetamine use, a wad of cash, and statements of fact about his history contradicted by the driver’s license records. State v. Cox, 2018 N.C. App. LEXIS 459 (May 15, 2018).*

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