United States v. White, No. 14-2165 (1st Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Defendant’s vehicle was stopped and searched by officers with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Maine Police, and the Portland Police Department. The search involved the use of a drug-sniffing dog and resulted in the discovery of cocaine and a firearm. Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Defendant appealed, challenging the district court’s denial of his motion to suppress and the court’s denial of his motion for discovery of records. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that the district court did not err in finding that the warrantless search and seizure of Defendant’s vehicle were justified by the automobile exception.