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United States v. Bullette

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

April 20, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee,
v.
RAYMOND BULLETTE, III, a/k/a Scrap, Defendant-Appellant.

          Argued: March 24, 2017

         Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Greenbelt. Roger W. Titus, Senior District Judge. (8:13-cr-00525-RWT-3)

         ARGUED:

          Jaime Ann Santos, GOODWIN PROCTER, LLP, Washington, D.C., for Appellant.

          Michael Thomas Packard, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Greenbelt, Maryland, for Appellee.

         ON BRIEF:

          Michael Lawlor, LAWLOR & ENGLERT, LLC, Greenbelt, Maryland, for Appellant.

          Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney, Baltimore, Maryland, Leah Jo Bressack, Assistant United States Attorney, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Greenbelt, Maryland, for Appellee.

          Before DUNCAN, KEENAN, and THACKER, Circuit Judges.

          DUNCAN CIRCUIT JUDGE.

         This appeal arises out of a warrantless vehicle search that the Drug Enforcement Agency ("DEA") conducted at an active crime scene. Defendant-Appellant Raymond Bullette, III, appeals the district court's denial of his motion to suppress. For the reasons that follow, we affirm.

         I.

         A.

         In 2012, DEA Special Agent Brian Willey ("Agent Willey") and his team began investigating a Phencyclidine ("PCP") drug manufacturing and distribution conspiracy they believed to be based in California. In February 2013, local law enforcement responded to a call about a house fire in the California desert, near Lake Los Angeles. Investigation of the fire revealed chemical containers of various sizes used in PCP ...


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