State v. Caddell, ___ N.C. App. ___, 833 S.E.2d 400 (Sept. 17, 2019)

A confidential informant who had provided reliable information in the past told officers that the defendant was selling drugs from his home. The officers had the informant conduct a controlled buy, then obtained a search warrant for the residence. They executed the warrant, found drugs, and charged the defendant with drug trafficking and other offenses. The defendant moved to suppress, a judge denied the motion, and the defendant entered an Alford plea and appealed. On appeal, he argued that the search warrant should have been analyzed under the anonymous tip standard and was not supported by probable cause. The court of appeals ruled that the anonymous tip standard did not apply as the lead officer “met with [the informant] both before and after the controlled purchase and had worked with [the informant] previously.” Furthermore, the controlled buy corroborated the informant’s claims, so the warrant was supported by probable cause.

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