Half a Million in Cash in Small Airplane in Small Town

Filed under:Heh,Law School — posted by Anwyn on April 28, 2011 @ 7:45 am

Peru, Illinois, to be exact.

Tips to those accosted by the police: 1) Don’t say you flew from California to Illinois in order to go … snowboarding. 2) I seriously am wondering about this part: Why’d they consent to the search of the plane? Based on what I’ve learned about the Fourth Amendment this semester, I don’t know that the police would have been able to stop them from leaving in the plane until they got a warrant, but hey, I haven’t taken my criminal procedure exam yet, so anything’s possible.

Update: On an exam it’d better take me less than three hours to realize the answer, but I expect the police could indeed stop them from leaving in the plane on a destruction-of-evidence or Carroll-closed container exigency, if they had probable cause enough for a warrant but no time to get one. I might have called their bluff, though, and refused consent–they may not have had probable cause. Ah well, fun hypothetical on a day when I’m supposed to be studying property, not criminal procedure.

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  1. I don’t think there’s enough information in the story to tell us if they had reasonable suspicion to justify a warrantless search or not. My guess is they did, but it is just that, a guess.

    Comment by Xrlq — April 28, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

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