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United States v. Hill 805 F.3d 935 (10th Cir. Nov. 9, 2015)

Nov 9, 2015

A DEA agent boarded a train at a stop, went to a luggage car, pulled a bag with no name tag, then carried it through the passenger car asking people if it was theirs. Everyone, including the defendant, denied ownership. Deeming it abandoned, the agent searched it and found 500 grams of cocaine. The Court held that the agent’s actions amounted to a “meaningful interference with Defendant’s possessory interests” in the bag, and that the seizure was at odds with the expectation of the reasonable traveler.