M.D.Fla.: Jettisoning packages from vessel in international waters is RS

“The Coast Guard observed Valverde and the crew jettisoning packages from a vessel located in international waters.” This was reasonable suspicion for a stop and boarding. United States v. De La Cruz Valverde, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 225685 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 2, 2020).

Defendant’s stop and frisk was justified. “When officers first contacted Williams, they were investigating the report of a possible burglary in progress and Williams, matching the description of the suspect, was in possession of a crowbar. A crowbar is not only an item that could be used in committing a burglary, it could also be used as a weapon.” His failure to drop the crowbar when told to justified his misdemeanor arrest, for starters. United States v. Williams, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 224113 (D. Idaho Nov. 30, 2020).*

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