E.D.Wis.: Impersonating a DEA agent in one’s car justifies automobile exception

Defendant was arrested for impersonating a DEA officer and using his car to do it. That gave probable cause to search the car. Defendant’s argument that there was an unreasonable inventory are off the mark. United States v. Wade, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151247 (E.D. Wis. Sep. 6, 2018).*

The CI was adequately corroborated, and he connected defendant to keeping drugs in the premises. The search warrant was thus valid. United States v. Reed, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153041 (D. Minn. Sep. 7, 2018).*

The USDJ rejects the USMJ’s recommendation that defendant was seized by the police parking so close to him and approaching him such that he couldn’t leave if he wanted to. Then the officers smelled marijuana and then there was probable cause. United States v. Knights, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151829 (M.D. Fla. Sep. 6, 2018).*

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