DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Metropolitan Policeman Richard Jencks, on April 19, 1968, halted Willie Robinson for a "routine spot check."' While examining Robinson's driver's license, motor vehicle registration, and selective service card, Officer Jencks noticed an 11-year discrepancy between the two birthdates listed on his driver's license and his draft card. Upon a later check of police traffic records, Officer Jencks discovered that an operator's permit issued to "Willie Robinson, Jr.," born in 1927, had been revoked and that a temporary license had been issued to a "Willie Robinson," born in 1938. Four days later, the same officer observed Robinson operating the same car and, after stopping the vehicle and receiving the same temporary operator's permit, placed Robinson under arrest for operating a motor vehicle after revocation of his operator's permit and obtaining a permit by misrepresentation. Officer Jencks, with Robinson standing up and facing him, began what is called a "full field search."' As he searched, he felt an object in Robinson's left breast pocket. Although, as he later testified in court, he did not think it was a weapon, Officer Jencks removed what turned out to be a crumpled-up cigarette package. Upon opening up the package, he found 14 gelatin capsules of heroin. Robinson was then placed under arrest for possession of narcotics. Based upon that evidence, the defendant was subsequently convicted of illegal possession of narcotics.
Childs, John Nelson
"Search and Seizure - Warrantless Search- Allowable Extent Incident to Arrest; United States v. Robinson,"
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