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Murray v. United States

United States Supreme Court
487 U.S. 533 (1988)


Facts

Federal agents had Murray (defendant) and some of his co-conspirators under surveillance. The agents observed two large vehicles enter into a warehouse and exit about twenty minutes later. The police followed the two vehicles and when the drivers were stopped, the police found the vehicles full of marijuana. After hearing about the marijuana in the vehicles, the agents remaining at the warehouse went inside where they saw numerous burlap wrapped bales. Without touching anything, the agents left the warehouse, keeping it under surveillance while a warrant was obtained. The warrant application did not mention the prior entry and contained no information that was gathered upon that first entry into the warehouse. Upon obtaining a warrant, the agents discovered that the bales were full of marijuana. Murray moved to have the evidence in the warehouse suppressed, arguing that the warrant was invalid because of the prior entry. The district court denied the motion and the circuit court affirmed.

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