CA9: Interstate truck driver had apparent authority to consent to search of package in truck

An Old Dominion truck driver had apparent authority to open a package consigned to him and his company to haul. He became suspicious it was contraband and called the police. They wouldn’t act without probable cause so the driver took it upon himself to open the box. The officers interceded and helped finish because they became concerned it contained fentanyl. United States v. Barajas-Oceguera, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 4637 (9th Cir. Feb. 22, 2022).

The district court was presented with two versions of whether consent was voluntarily given. On this record, that’s not clear error. United States v. Alloway, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 4607 (8th Cir. Feb. 22, 2022).*

A car reported with two men and one wielding a rifle maybe casing a place was reasonable suspicion. United States v. Jackson, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 4579 (6th Cir. Feb. 18, 2022).*

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