Lampkins v. State

Decision Date09 October 1997
Docket NumberNo. 18S04-9609-CR-597,18S04-9609-CR-597
Citation685 N.E.2d 698
PartiesGregory L. LAMPKINS, Appellant (Defendant below), v. STATE of Indiana, Appellee (Plaintiff below).
CourtIndiana Supreme Court

SULLIVAN, Justice.

Defendant Gregory Lampkins, pro se, seeks rehearing from our decision in Lampkins v. State, 682 N.E.2d 1268 (Ind.1997), in which we affirmed his conviction for Dealing in Cocaine, a class A felony. 1 We grant rehearing to address defendant's petition.

The full background of defendant's case is available at Lampkins v. State, 682 N.E.2d 1268. We recite only those facts necessary to our decision on rehearing. Defendant was charged with and convicted of Dealing in Cocaine after a legitimate stop and search of the car in which he was a passenger yielded a Tylenol bottle containing twenty-one rocks of crack cocaine; the driver of the car also was charged and convicted. See Cooley v. State, 682 N.E.2d 1277 (Ind.1997). According to testimony from the investigating officers, the Tylenol bottle was "in plain view" beneath the passenger seat in which defendant had been riding.

In order to obtain defendant's conviction for Dealing in Cocaine, the State was required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant (a) possessed cocaine (b) with intent to deliver. 2 Defendant did not have the cocaine on his person when he was searched. Rather, the cocaine was found in a Tylenol bottle underneath the passenger seat in which the defendant had been sitting. In the absence of actual possession of drugs, our court has consistently held that "constructive" possession may support a conviction for a drug offense. Young v. State, 478 N.E.2d 50, 51 (Ind.1985); Thomas v. State, 260 Ind. 1, 4, 291 N.E.2d 557, 558 (1973). The State must show that the defendant has both (i) the intent to maintain dominion and control and (ii) the capability to maintain dominion and control over the contraband. Bergfeld v. State, 531 N.E.2d 486, 490 (Ind.1988); Fassoth v. State, 525 N.E.2d 318, 323 (Ind.1988).

The capability element was established because the Tylenol bottle was within reach of defendant. Lampkins, 682 N.E.2d at 1275. As to the intent element, there must be "additional circumstances" supporting the inference of intent to maintain dominion and control when possession is non-exclusive. Fassoth, 525 N.E.2d at 323; Davenport v. State, 464 N.E.2d 1302, 1307 (Ind.1984). To establish the intent element here, we cited three additional circumstances. Lampkins, 682 N.E.2d at 1276. First, co-defendant Cooley's girlfriend testified without objection that co-defendant and defendant had returned from Atlanta where they had gone "to get some drugs" two days before the events here at issue. Second, at trial, the arresting officer testified that after he stopped co-defendant's vehicle and obtained his permission to search, he looked in and could see the Tylenol bottle "in plain view." Proximity to contraband "in plain view" is an additional circumstance which supports the inference of intent in this context. Person v. State, 661 N.E.2d 587, 590 (Ind.Ct.App.1996), trans. denied; Moore v. State, 613 N.E.2d 849, 854 (Ind.Ct.App.1993); Lewis v. State, 482 N.E.2d 487, 491 (Ind.Ct.App.1985). Third, the co-defendant did not pull the vehicle over when the police activated their overhead lights to make the stop; the police had to cut off the vehicle in order to stop it. Flight is also an additional circumstance. Person, 661 N.E.2d at 590; Moore, 613 N.E.2d at 854; Lewis, 482 N.E.2d at 491.

In his Petition for Rehearing, defendant points out that the principal "plain view" case, Minnesota v. Dickerson, 508 U.S. 366, 113 S.Ct. 2130, 124 L.Ed.2d 334 (1993), permits invocation of the doctrine only where the incriminating character of the contraband is immediately apparent. Id. at 374-375, 113 S.Ct. at 2136-2137. There is nothing, argues defendant, "immediately apparent" about the incriminating character of a Tylenol bottle. Defendant's contention that a closed Tylenol bottle does not constitute contraband in plain view is well taken. 3 At the same time, proximity to contraband "in plain view" was not the sole...

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