ND: Trash search corroborated anonymous tip and provided PC

Acting on an anonymous tip that defendant had obtained a fair amount of marijuana and brought it back to town, police did a trash search and found significant corroborating evidence that he’d have marijuana in the house. The court distinguishes a case with an innocent explanation. “The packaging found in the garbage was labeled as containing THC or marijuana, including marijuana cigarettes. While the items may have an innocent explanation, and contained a legal substance when purchased in another state, the judge that issued the warrant relied on ‘common knowledge’ and common sense in finding probable cause that contraband would be found in the house based on the evidence from the garbage search.” State v. Odum, 2019 ND 105, 2019 N.D. LEXIS 110 (Apr. 11, 2019).

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