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People v. Laborde, B199726

In a prosecution for drug possession, denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence is affirmed over claims that a search of his stateroom on a cruise ship by a customs officer, after the ship docked at the conclusion of a foreign cruise, was conducted without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity in violation of Fourth Amendment. Although the underlying search in the present case was defensible as a "routine border search", wherein reasonable suspicion was not required, there may be circumstances under which the search of a passenger cabin at the border might be deemed non-routine.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/04/2008
  • Published 06/04/2008


  • COOPER, P.J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Nisson & Nisson and Peter Nisson, Tustin, for Defendant and Appellant., Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Pamela C. Hamanaka, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Keith H. Borjon and A. Scott Hayward, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
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