Abdel-Sater v. State

852 S.W.2d 671 (1993)

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Abdel-Sater v. State

Texas Court of Appeals
852 S.W.2d 671 (1993)

Facts

Police officers searched an apartment rented by Antoine Abdel-Sater (defendant) pursuant to a search warrant. They found $16,500 in cash, one kilogram of cocaine, and three bags containing smaller amounts of cocaine. The kilogram was in a pair of jeans hanging on the utility-room door, and the smaller amounts were hidden elsewhere in the apartment, including in a coat hanging in Abdel-Sater’s bedroom closet. Although the apartment contained two bedrooms, only one appeared to be occupied, and Abdel-Sater’s landlord confirmed that no one else was listed on the lease. Police arrested Abdel-Sater, and the day after he was released from jail on bail, Abdel-Sater surrendered an additional 81 grams of cocaine to police. Based on the significant volume of cocaine found, Abdel-Sater was charged and convicted of possession of an illegal substance with intent to distribute. He appealed, arguing that the evidence was insufficient to show that all of the cocaine was his, because the package containing a kilogram was found in a common area of the apartment, which he had recently rented.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Bowers, J.)

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