S.D.Fla.: Cruise ship cabins are subject to border search

Defendants were passengers on the cruise ship MSC Seaside which arrived at Miami from Carribean ports. The passenger cabins were subject to search under the border search exception. When they knocked at the cabin door and it opened, they could smell marijuana, and that gave them at least reasonable suspicion to enter, too. United States v. Ellis, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193115 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 15, 2019).

The evidence supports the trial court’s finding that defendant consented on the totality to the police entry. Defendant came to the police station with clothing which appeared to have dried blood on them, and seizure of the clothing was justified. Hedvall v. State, 2019 Fla. App. LEXIS 16751 (Fla. 3d DCA Nov. 6, 2019).*

Officials with the defendant school district passed on information to the police that resulted in a search warrant being executed at plaintiff’s house apparently for drugs. Nothing was found. Plaintiff doesn’t undermine the probable cause for the issuance of the warrant, and a 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss is granted. McGinnis v. Harris Cty., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193190 (S.D. Tex. Nov. 6, 2019).*

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