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US v. Ortiz, 11-4193

On a defendant's motion to suppress cocaine discovered in and taken from a secret compartment in his vehicle, alleging that the search of the vehicle violated his Fourth Amendment rights, the district court's granting of the motion is reversed, where: 1) the search of the defendant's vehicle was justified by probable cause, as the police were in possession of information that made it more likely than not that drugs were located in the vehicle; and 2) the officers' search was supported by the defendant's voluntary consent to search the vehicle for drugs and to determine whether it was stolen.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/27/2012
  • Published 02/27/2012


  • Niemeyer


  • United States Fourth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Jonathan Biran, Richard Winelander