United States v. Velazquez, No. 18-1647 (7th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence after he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The court held that the search was supported by the officers' good faith reliance on then-existing circuit precedent in United States v. Hines, 449 F.3d 808 (7th Cir. 2006). The court explained that, at the time the officers brought the dog onto plaintiff's driveway to conduct the sniff, Hines permitted the warrantless search of a vehicle parked close to a house on the defendant's private driveway so long as there was probable cause to believe that the search would uncover contraband or evidence of a crime.