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United States v. Jeffers (1951)

  • By: John H. Barnhill
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

The case of United States v. Jeffers began when Jeffers's aunts rented a District of Columbia (D.C.), hotel room. While the room was unoccupied, D.C. police entered without a warrant, searched, and found a bottle of codeine and 19 bottles of cocaine. Although they had no warrant, D.C. police had probable cause to expect to find drugs in Jeffers’ aunts’ room. With neither the aunts nor Jeffers present, the police found drugs Jeffers claimed as his own.

Around 3:00 P.M. on Monday, September 12, 1949, a Mr. Roberts asked house detective Scott to let him into the Dunbar Hotel room of the Misses Jeffries in exchange for $500. Roberts told Scott there was stuff stashed there, and Scott advised Roberts to come back in the evening ...

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