VA: Police call to medical emergency developed into invalid consent for drug search

Police responded to a medical emergency and it turned into a narcotics investigation without reasonable suspicion. Defendant’s consent when surrounded by three police officers, one of whom thought it was a narcotics stop, was involuntary and the consent is suppressed. Commonwealth v. Martinez, 2022 Va. App. LEXIS 185 (May 24, 2022) (unpublished)

When a motion to suppress is filed in Pennsylvania, the state carries the burden of going forward. Commonwealth v. Anderson, 2022 PA Super 95, 2022 Pa. Super. LEXIS 230 (May 25, 2022).

Officers were investigating child endangerment, and the encounter with defendant was a seizure and it was reasonable. State v. Torres, 2022 Iowa App. LEXIS 416 (May 25, 2022).*

The trial court erred in suppressing because the officer didn’t testify to being more trained on the smell of marijuana. State v. Mathews, 2022 Ga. App. LEXIS 257 (May 25, 2022);* State v. Johnson, 2022 Ga. App. LEXIS 254 (May 25, 2022).*

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