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Name: U.S. v. Valencia-Amezcua
Case #: 00-30365
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 01/22/2002
Subsequent History: None

Appellant contended a search of his person and clothing was unjustified because there was no probable cause to arrest him. The appellate court concluded otherwise. The homeowner, who was a suspected drug trafficker who had recently been seen in a suspicious transaction, consented to the search. A bedroom contained a hidden door covered with paneling, which led to a secret room, which in turn contained supplies and equipment for making methamphetamine. Appellant and others were found sitting on a bed which that obscured the door. Appellant’s proximity to the door, blocking entrance to the secret room gave the officers probable cause to belief he was involved in drug making.