United States v. Collins, No. 17-2246 (8th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence discovered during a search following a warrantless car stop. In this case, defendant pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. The court held that, given all of the circumstances, the officers had reasonable suspicion that defendant was engaged in criminal activity. In this case, defendant entered a garage officers knew as a drug site at 4:30 a.m. when the drug dealer under surveillance was likely at the location. Therefore, the stop of defendant's vehicle was constitutionally valid. The court declined to reach defendant's argument that the officers did not have reasonable suspicion to stop his vehicle because he did not fail to yield to the patrol vehicle when its lights were activated.