United States v. Grupee, No. 11-1291 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
The Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force obtained warrants to arrest Roderiques, age 16, for drug trafficking and to search for cell phones and paperwork relating to cellular phone ownership at a house that Roderiques shared with Grupee and others. The officers discovered guns, drugs, and drug paraphernalia, as well as two cell phones, in Roderiques’s room. In Grupee’s room, they found a storage bin with Grupee’s personal papers, three pistols, and ammunition. A drug detection dog alerted toward a car parked in the driveway. The officers paused while they obtained warrants to search the house for firearms, drugs, and related materials and to search for the same in the car. In the rear seat they found a black gym bag with a bus ticket in Grupee’s name inside, a bag of cocaine, and a magazine of 9 millimeter ammunition. The second search of Grupee’s room uncovered more drugs and records of drug sales. Grupee entered a conditional plea to possession of firearms and ammunition as a felon, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1), and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). The First Circuit affirmed denial of a motion to suppress.