United States v. Iwai

The feds intercept package of meth headed to man’s Honolulu condo. They replace nearly all the meth with rock salt and deliver it. But it’s unclear if the man will pick up the package from the building’s mail room and take it to his condo or if the package will be picked up and taken somewhere else, so officers don’t think they can get a warrant to search the condo. The man takes the package to his condo, and officers knock down the door when he declines to open it. Ninth Circuit: The search wasn’t unreasonable. He could have been destroying the evidence. Dissent: Destroying the rock salt? They needed a warrant.

Tags: 2019, Fourth Amendment, Ninth Circuit, Search Warrant

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