Drug Evidence From Wrongly Impounded Car Tossed on Appeal

May 3, 2021, 6:08 PM

A man accused of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute is entitled to have his conviction vacated, because the police’s impoundment of his car where the drugs were later discovered was unconstitutional, a divided Tenth Circuit said Monday.

Two Lakewood, Colo., police officers saw Hunter Venezia fail to signal a turn and that his license plates were improperly displayed. They approached Venezia after he parked in a private motel parking lot.

The car was still registered to a previous owner, and Venezia didn’t have a driver’s license, car insurance, title to the vehicle, or a bill of sale on...

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