United States v. Wright

Officers had probable cause for a warrantless vehicle search regardless of whether a drug-sniffing dog was reliable. The Jeep was owned by a person with an active warrant for charges of narcotics distribution, and it had just left a residence under active surveillance for drug activity. However, the court suppressed one statement the defendant made while in handcuffs before receiving Miranda warnings, finding that the length of her detention exceeded the scope of a routine traffic stop or Terry stop.

Motion to suppress denied in part; granted in part.

United States v. Wright, No. 5:18cr5, Oct. 17, 2018. WDVA at Harrisonburg (Dillon).



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