D.Conn.: Dropping a bag when stopped, walking away from it, and then denying having it was abandonment

Defendant had a red Nike bag on him when the car was stopped, and he got out of the car and dropped it on the ground and walked away from it. When questioned about the bag, he denied he’d dropped it. That’s abandonment. United States v. Chambers, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26698 (D.Conn. Feb. 15, 2022).

A metal pipe was properly picked up during a traffic stop where the smell of marijuana was evident. The officer testified that pipes like that could be used for smoking drugs. Commonwealth v. Lutz, 2022 Pa. Super. LEXIS 63 (Feb. 14, 2022).*

Officers had at least reasonable suspicion for defendant’s stop based on both knowledge of a warrant and other observations. United States v. Woitaszewski, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26467 (D.Neb. Jan. 6, 2022),* adopted, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26223 (D.Neb. Feb. 14, 2022).*

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