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Sierra v. State
Florida District Court of Appeal
746 So.2d 1250 (1999)
The State of Florida (plaintiff) prosecuted Joel Sierra (defendant) for trafficking in illegal drugs. The trial evidence established that police officers saw an unidentified person enter the back door of a commercial garage after business hours. The officers went around to the front of the garage, where they spotted Sierra standing three or four feet outside the front door. The officers stopped and searched Sierra, and found no drugs on his person. While the search was underway, one of the officers thought he heard someone else inside the garage. The officers entered the garage and found no one. However, the police arrested Sierra after obtaining a search warrant and finding two bags of cocaine, a measuring cup, and empty bags in the garage. Sierra's fingerprints appeared on the measuring cup and empty bags but not on the cocaine-filled bags. A car parked outside the garage contained Sierra's fingerprints and those of another individual. No evidence indicated that Sierra ever had exclusive possession of or any possessory interest in the garage. The judge denied Sierra's motion for a judgment of acquittal. The jury convicted Sierra, and he appealed to the Florida District Court of Appeal.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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