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US v. Wilkinson, 10-6024

Defendant's conviction for possessing with intent to distribute five grams or more of a mixture containing cocaine base is affirmed where the stop at issue was proper because the "collective knowledge" doctrine--under which the legality of the detention of a suspect by an officer can be supported by information possessed by a fellow officer who requests the detention, even if the requesting officer does not communicate the information to the other officer--applies to traffic stops for misdemeanors as well as stops for felonies.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/18/2011
  • Published 01/18/2011


  • Harris M. Hartz


  • United States Tenth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • William P. Earley, Sanford C. Coats