Two on informant hearsay

“The information provided to the agents came from a vetted CS who had known Thomas for years. The CS’s information, as noted above, was then corroborated using audio recordings and physical surveillance as well as the agents’ independent check of records. These facts blunt Thomas’s challenge to the CS’s reliability. Indeed, where the search warrant affidavit is based substantially on information provided by an informant, evidence of the informant’s reliability, veracity, and basis of knowledge is highly relevant to, but is not dispositive of, the probable cause determination. Gates, 462 U.S. at 230.” United States v. Thomas, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62390 (E.D.Mo. Mar. 29, 2022).*

The government showed that the CI here was sufficiently reliable for a warrant to issue. United States v. McCawley, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62242 (E.D.Ky. Apr. 4, 2022),* R&R 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62381 (E.D.Ky. Feb. 28, 2022).*

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