People v. Arnold

Decision Date21 May 1973
Docket NumberNo. 25860,25860
Citation509 P.2d 1248,181 Colo. 432
PartiesThe PEOPLE of the State of Colorado, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Clarence ARNOLD and Hubert Steed, Defendants-Appellees.
CourtColorado Supreme Court

Dale Tooley, Dist. Atty., Brooke Wunnicke, Chief Appellate Deputy Dist. Atty., Denver, for plaintiff-appellant.

Dennis R. Wanifuchi, P.C., Denver, for defendants-appellees.

GROVES, Justice.

This is an interlocutory appeal by the district attorney pursuant to C.A.R. 4.1, as amended, from a ruling of the district court granting the defendants' motions to suppress evidence.

On the basis of a single affidavit, separate search warrants were issued for each of the defendants' apartments located in a Denver apartment building at 2018 Ogden Street. Following the execution of the warrants, the defendants were each charged with possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, and conspiracy to possess narcotic and dangerous drugs for sale and to possess narcotic and dangerous drugs. (The conspiracy charges were later dismissed.) They moved to suppress evidence seized during the search of their apartments on the ground that there was no probable cause for issuance of the warrants. We affirm the court's order granting the motion.

In pertinent part the affidavit related that the informant told the affiant police officer that the defendants and others were in possession of a quantity of marijuana and 'speed'; that the informant had 'observed four pounds of marijuana wrapped in newspaper and white powdered speed packaged in one ounce plastic baggies on 9--10--72 At 2018 Ogden'; that one of the defendants lived in the manager's apartment at 2018 Ogden and the other defendant lived in apartment No. 3 at 2018 Ogden; and that other unknown parties lived at 2018 Ogden in various other rooms. (Emphasis added.) The warrants issued on the basis of the information related in the affidavit authorized searches of the defendants' apartments at 2018 Ogden, specifically, the manager's apartment and apartment No. 3.

It is clear from the affdavit, and the People apparently agree, that 2018 Ogden Street is an apartment building separately occupied by several persons. While more than one search warrant may be issued on the basis of a single affidavit, the affidavit must support a finding of probable cause As to each separate warrant or each separate place to be searched. United States v. Bigos, 459 P.2d 639 (1st Cir. 1972), and United States v. Hinton, 219 F.2d 324 (7th Cir. 1955). See People v. Ward, announced April 16, 1973, Colo., 508 P.2d 1257. The Fact that the places to be searched here were apartments rather than single-family...

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  • People v. Deitchman
    • United States
    • Colorado Supreme Court
    • February 11, 1985
    ...probable cause because no facts were set forth linking the items to be seized with the place to be searched. People v. Arnold, 181 Colo. 432, 434, 509 P.2d 1248, 1249 (1973) (affidavit must state probable cause as to each place to be searched). The Chief Justice likens this omission to the ......
  • People v. Gall
    • United States
    • Colorado Supreme Court
    • March 5, 2001
    ...same constitutional protections against unlawful searches and seizures as persons living in single family homes. People v. Arnold, 181 Colo. 432, 434, 509 P.2d 1248, 1249 (1973); see also People v. Avery, 173 Colo. 315, 319, 478 P.2d 310, 312 (1970). The affidavit examined in Arnold related......
  • People v. Cardwell
    • United States
    • Colorado Supreme Court
    • May 21, 1973
  • People v. Salazar, 83CA1066
    • United States
    • Colorado Court of Appeals
    • September 12, 1985
    ...next contends that the affidavit is defective because it failed to establish what property was to be searched. See People v. Arnold, 181 Colo. 432, 509 P.2d 1248 (1973). Defendant argues that Silva's failure to provide the police with defendant's address, and the failure to recite the instr......
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  • Section 7 SECURITY OF PERSON AND PROPERTY - SEARCHES - SEIZURES - WARRANTS.
    • United States
    • Colorado Bar Association Colorado Rules and C.R.S. of Evidence Annotated (CBA)
    • Invalid date
    ...affidavit must support a finding of probable cause as to each separate warrant or each separate place to be searched. People v. Arnold, 181 Colo. 432, 509 P.2d 1248 (1973). Probable cause permits officers to obtain a warrant to search premises and to seize property. Hoffman v. People, 780 P......

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