On May 11, 1970, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department approached the apartment of Clay Dumas. Based on a report from a reliable informant, whose information had been corroborated by independent police investigation, the police had obtained a warrant to search Dumas' apartment and "all trash cans, storage areas, garages and carports which are assigned to and/or used by occupants of the aforesaid apartment." The objects of the search were certain stolen bonds and bank checks which, according to the police informant, Dumas had been in possession of for about eight weeks; also narcotics and narcotics gear. The police "forcibly entered without announcing their authority or purpose,"' finding Dumas, who they immediately arrested, and a young woman. The following search failed to uncover the contraband but revealed a set of car keys and an automobile registration certificate belonging to a car parked in the street about 100 feet from Dumas' apartment building. An immediate search of the car's trunk revealed the stolen securities and some narcotics.
Arnold, Gordon D.
"Searches and Seizures - Arrest - Motor Vehicle Exception to Warrant Requirement - Limits? People v. Dumas,"
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