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US Supreme Court Case: California v. Greenwood Challenges the Fourth Amendment Privacy of Search and Seizure
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It was early in 1984, Investigator Jenny Stracner received a tip that a certain person of suspicion may be involved in narcotics trafficking. Stracner got a further tip from an informant that a load of illegal drugs was on its way to Greenwood’s residence in Laguna Beach, CA. …
Stracner got a further tip from an informant that a load of illegal drugs was on its way to Greenwood’s residence in Laguna Beach, CA. The tip was given to a federal drug enforcement agent in February of 1984 and relayed to Stracner. There had also been complaints from neighbors of a lot of heavy traffic activity in front of the residence late in the evenings. It was noted that these heavy vehicles only remained at the residence for a short period of time, which raised suspicions. In order to investigate these complaints, surveillance of the Greenwood’s home was necessary. Observations were made of several heavy vehicles making late evening and early morning stops in front of the residence. Stracner was able to follow one of the vehicles to another residence that had been the target of another investigation for trafficking of narcotics. It wasn’t until April that Stracner had collected enough evidence to prompt a request that the neighborhoods regular trash collectors pick up the plastic bags that Greenwood left on the curb. She further asked him to turn the bags over to her taking much care not to mix the contents with any garbage from other houses. The trash collector proceeded to do as Stracner instructed and turned the designated bags over to her. Officer Stracner then searched the garbage in the bags and found items that were pertinent to narcotics use. ...
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