United States v. Ross

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United States v. Ross
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Citation
Date decided June 1, 1982
Appealed from DC Court of Appeals

Facts

DC police officer were told a man named "Bandit" Ross was selling illegal drugs from his car northwest of Washington DC.

The informant told police that he had bought drugs from Ross, and there were more narcotics in Ross's Chevrolet Malibu car.

With the information from the tipster, police found heroin in a closed paper bag in the trunk of Ross's car.

Issues

Was the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution against unreasonable searches and seizures violated?

Arguments

Ross argued that even if police had reason to believe that he had narcotics in his car, the police lacked the authority to search the bag in his car's trunk.

Holding

The Supreme Court upheld Ross's conviction.

Rule

If police have the power to search an automobile, then the police also has the power to search anything within the automobile.