E.D.Mo.: 30 minute delay before warrantless entry with a key in learning all they could didn’t nullify exigency

The officers’ delay of 30 minutes or less before entering on exigent circumstances was not unreasonable. They were actively investigating, gathering information, and didn’t want to act precipitously. “The officers concluded as much investigation as they could on an immediate basis, and after being unable to locate Ms. Puryear, it was then reasonable for the officers to effect a soft, warrantless, entry into the apartment, using the landlord’s key.” United States v. Johnson, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135267 (E.D. Mo. Aug. 12, 2019).

Defendant’s furtive movements led to officers seeing a Crown Royal bag with cash protruding that gave reasonable suspicion to search around where it was. “When that limited search uncovered suspected methamphetamine, the probable cause expanded to include a search of the trunk, where more drugs were found.” A parole warrant was discovered on him, and that authorized a more intense search incident to that arrest. United States v. Carrender, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135578 (E.D. Ky. Aug. 12, 2019).*

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