Don’t take CP on a cash run

One search led to another. United States v. Orozco, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 20390 (4th Cir. July 25, 2022):

David Sierra Orozco was paid to drive a car with over $100,000 in drug-tainted cash hidden in a secret dashboard compartment. When police pulled him over, he acted suspiciously: He quickly shut down the GPS application running on his smartphone and struggled to answer where he was going with the money. His odd behavior continued when he arrived at the station: When police found five SD cards wrapped in a $100 bill in Orozco’s shoe, Orozco tried to destroy them by eating them. When police got a warrant to search the phone and SD cards, things went from bad to worse for Orozco—both the phone and the chips contained graphic and heinous child pornography.

Orozco contends that the search warrant for the phone and SD cards should not have been issued. And without that warrant, the police would not have found the child pornography he was eventually convicted of possessing. But we conclude that the warrant affidavit presented a substantial basis for believing that Orozco was engaged in drug trafficking, and that Orozco’s cellphone and SD cards would contain evidence of that criminal activity. So we affirm his conviction.

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