Jones v. United States
362 U.S. 257 (1960)

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Jones v. United States, 362 U.S. 257 (1960)

Jones v. United States

No. 69

Argued January 21, 1960

Decided March 28, 1960.

362 U.S. 257

Syllabus

1. While petitioner was in an apartment which he testified later was not his, but that of a friend who permitted him to use it, the apartment was searched by federal officers armed with a search warrant, narcotics were found and seized, and petitioner was arrested and charged with violating the narcotics laws. He moved to suppress the evidence so seized on the ground that the search was illegal. Held: Petitioner was a "person aggrieved" within the meaning of Rule 41 (e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and he had standing to make the motion under that Rule. Pp. 362 U. S. 260-267.

2. Issuance of the search warrant here involved was based solely on an affidavit by a federal narcotics officer reciting that: (1) he had received information from an unnamed informer that petitioner and another person were involved in illicit narcotics traffic and kept a supply of heroin on hand in the apartment and that the informer had purchased narcotics from them in the apartment; (2) information previously received from this informer had been correct; (3) the same information had been received from other sources; (4) petitioner and his associate were known to be drug addicts; and (5) the affiant believed that illicit drugs were being secreted in the apartment by petitioner and another person. Held: This was sufficient evidence of probable cause to justify issuance of the search warrant. Pp. 362 U. S. 267-272.

3. Without having done so in the District Court, petitioner attacked in the Court of Appeals the legality of the search, on the ground that the warrant was not executed in conformity with 18 U.S.C. § 3109. The Court of Appeals fully considered the claim, and rejected it. The Government did not contend that the issue was not properly before this Court. Held: The question is open to decision by this Court, but it cannot be resolved satisfactorily on the record. Therefore, the judgment of the Court of Appeals sustaining petitioner's conviction is vacated, and the case is remanded to the District Court to consider this issue. Pp. 362 U. S. 272-273.

104 U.S. App. D. C. 345, 262 F. 2d 234, judgment vacated and case remanded.

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