PEOPLE v. DINGLE

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Johnny DINGLE, Defendant-Appellant.

Decided: October 20, 1998

Before LERNER, P.J., SULLIVAN, ROSENBERGER, ELLERIN and RUBIN, JJ. Vincent Rivellese, for Respondent. Dawn E. Scott, for Defendant-Appellant.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Alvin Schlesinger, J.), rendered May 1, 1996, convicting defendant, after a jury trial, of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, and sentencing him to concurrent terms of 1 to 3 years, unanimously affirmed.

Defendant's suppression motion was properly denied.   Defendant lacked standing to suppress a pouch from which vials of crack cocaine were recovered, because defendant did not establish that he retained any legitimate expectation of privacy in the pouch after he threw it, upon the legitimate approach of the police, into a van parked nearby (People v. Ramirez-Portoreal, 88 N.Y.2d 99, 643 N.Y.S.2d 502, 666 N.E.2d 207).   Although defendant bears the burden of proof with respect to standing, he never asserted any connection with the van and, once he threw the pouch into it, he could not reasonably expect that others would not have access to the pouch (People v. DeLaCruz, 242 A.D.2d 410, 662 N.Y.S.2d 300;  People v. Laws, 208 A.D.2d 317, 623 N.Y.S.2d 216).

MEMORANDUM DECISION.