M.D.Pa.: Def was neither shipper nor recipient of USPS parcel, so he had no standing in it

Defendant was neither the shipper nor recipient of a USPS parcel with drugs in it, opened six weeks after it was unclaimed. He had no standing in it. United States v. Bell, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78182 (M.D. Pa. Apr. 30, 2024).

Defendant totaled his car in a wreck. “In this case, Defendant s arrest for DWI coupled with the crashed SUV either: (1) required NMSP officers to conduct a pre-tow inventory, or (2) allowed NMSP officers to conduct a warrantless search of the vehicle for evidence relevant to the crime of arrest. … Either way, Defendant s argument for suppression fails.” United States v. Vallez, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78985 (D.N.M. Apr. 30, 2024).*

Defendant was wanted and was seen at a car wash with his car. Police confronted him and arrested him. His car was searched, and his backpack was searched after he was placed in a patrol car, and he was a felon in possession. The government conceded the search incident doctrine did not apply, but inventory and inevitable discovery did, which is what the court found. The fact the officer believed a search incident was permissible didn’t mean that he wasn’t acting in good faith. In addition, the government’s effort to justify it as a search incident was out of time [but doesn’t ultimately matter]. United States v. Harper, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78716 (E.D. Tenn. Apr. 30, 2024).*

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