United States V. Leon

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Case Citation: United States v. Leon et al., 468 U.S. 897 (1984). Parties: Alberto Antonio Leon et al. / Respondents United States / Petitioner Facts: After receiving unproven information from a confidential informant, the Burbank police began an investigation by surveillance of the Respondents at their residence for drug use. A check of one of the individuals, Richardo Del Castillo, led officers to Respondent Alberto Leon who had prior arrests for drug charges. A search warrant was issued by a State Superior Judge to search the Respondent’s residence whereby a large quantity of drugs was found. The Respondents filed a motion to suppress the evidence found. The District Court held an evidentiary hearing and granted partial suppression of the evidence. The District Court concluded that the affidavit upon which the search warrant was issued was found to be insufficient to establish probable cause. The court rejected the Government’s suggestion that the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule should not apply where evidence is seized in reasonable good-faith reliance on a search warrant. Procedural History: In August 1981, acting on a tip from a confidential informant, officers of the Burbank Police Department began an extensive investigation by surveillance at Respondents’ residences involving drug-trafficking. Respondents Armando Sanchez and Patsy Stewart were identified to be selling large quantities of cocaine and methaqualone from their residence. A check of one of the individuals, Richardo Del Castillo, led officers to Respondent Alberto Leon who had prior arrests for drug charges and was heavily involved in the importation of drugs into this country. Based off of the police officers’ observations and activities at their homes, Officer Cyril Rombach, an experienced, narcotics investigator, prepared an affidavit for a warrant

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