No. 81-1843.

463 U.S. 765 (1983)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided July 5, 1983

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard A. Devine argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs were Neil F. Hartigan, Attorney General of Illinois, Tyrone C. Fahner, former Attorney General, Michael A. Ficaro, Assistant Attorney General, Daniel Harris, Special Assistant Attorney General, Michael E. Shabat, and Joan S. Cherry.

Patrick G. Reardon argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was Lawrence J. Suffredin, Jr.*

CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question presented is whether a warrant was required to reopen a sealed container in which contraband drugs had been discovered in an earlier lawful border search, when the container was seized by the police after it had been delivered to respondent under police supervision.


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