N.D.Tex.: PV of short-barreled rifle and silencer was valid; incriminating nature immediately apparent

The incriminating nature of a short-barreled rifle and a homemade suppressor was immediately apparent for plain view purposes. United States v. Tidrow, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81807 (N.D. Tex. May 15, 2018).

“Prior to the stop of the vehicle, law enforcement was aware of Mr. Berard’s report that his residence was used as a repository for heroin and crack cocaine, that he had been part of an effort to distribute heroin and crack cocaine in Maine, and that on May 10, 2016, $150,000, worth of heroin and crack cocaine was located in his residence. In addition, prior to the stop of the vehicle, law enforcement observed a number of individuals come and go from the residence, which movement is consistent with drug activity. Law enforcement also observed a vehicle of a person known to be involved in drug activity arrive at the home and the operator of the vehicle enter the residence, leave the residence with multiple backpack-type bags, and place the bags in the vehicle. [¶] The facts known to law enforcement, together with ‘rational inferences,’ Terry, 392 U.S. at 21, 30, are sufficient to justify the stop of the vehicle.” United States v. Betances, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81300 (D. Me. May 15, 2018).*

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