FL1: Possessor of USB drives who acquired them trading for drugs had apparent authority to consent

Defendant’s vehicle had been burglarized and USB drives were also stolen. The police report omitted them. Later, another guy acquired the USB drives when he was buying drugs. When he was busted, he turned them over to the police telling them how he acquired them and “He told the officers that this was the ‘mother lode’ and that the drives contained ‘some sick shit.’” The officers didn’t know that the USB drives were stolen. In investigating the USB drives, the police determined from other things on them that they likely were defendant’s. The searches of the USB drives were valid because they were done with apparent authority of the apparent owner who acquired them for drugs. Duke v. State, 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 13050 (Fla. 1st DCA Sep. 14, 2018).).

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