United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. John Grady Howle, Defendant-appellant, 537 F.2d 1302 (5th Cir. 1976)Annotate this Case
United States Court of Appeals,Fifth Circuit.
Sept. 1, 1976.
Daniel V. Alfaro, Corpus Christi, Tex., for defendant-appellant.
Edward B. McDonough, Jr., U. S. Atty., Mary L. Sinderson, George A. Kelt, Jr., Robert A. Berg, James R. Gough, Asst. U. S. Attys., Houston, Tex., for plaintiff-appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Before AINSWORTH, CLARK and RONEY, Circuit Judges.
In this appeal from his conviction for possession of 119 pounds of marihuana, John Grady Howle contends only that the Border Patrol had no probable cause to stop his pickup truck at a permanent checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas, some fifty-five miles from the Mexican border.1 The Supreme Court has recently held, however, that any automobile may be stopped at such checkpoints even in the absence of reasonable suspicion. United States v. Martinez-Fuerte, --- U.S. ----, 96 S. Ct. 3074, 48 L. Ed. 2d ---, (1976). Inasmuch as Howle does not contend that the Border Patrol lacked probable cause to search his truck once it had been stopped at the checkpoint, the District Judge did not err in denying appellant's motion to suppress the evidence seized. See United States v. Ortiz, 422 U.S. 891, 95 S. Ct. 2585, 45 L. Ed. 2d 623 (1975).