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US v. Powell, 08–4696.

Conviction and sentencing of defendant for possession of crack cocaine are vacated where the police, during a routine traffic stop, lacked reasonable suspicion to remove defendant from his vehicle and perform an officer-safety patdown so that under Terry, the district court erred in denying defendant's motion to suppress evidence derived from the patdown.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 09/23/2011
  • Decided 11/14/2011
  • Published 11/14/2011




  • United States Fourth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Daniel W. Stiller, Jonathan C. Su