CA5: Courts don’t scutinize the words CBP officers use at immigration checkpoints for Rodriguez purposes

At an immigration checkpoint stop, courts will not scrutinize the specific words the officers use to question people about their status, as in “can I see your face” to match it to a picture? Rodriguez doesn’t quite control, and that was already rejected in United States v. Tello, 924 F.3d 782, 789 (5th Cir. 2019). United States v. Vega-Torres, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 23844 (5th Cir. Aug. 8, 2019).

The state had a search warrant for drugs, and, in unfurling a rolled up shirt, found a firearm. The incriminating nature of the gun was immediately apparent to the officer, and it was lawfully seized. State v. Folds, 2019 N.H. LEXIS 166 (Aug. 8, 2019).

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