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Old 02-15-2014, 10:41   #15
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I'd say that it would depend on what the house looks like. If you knock and the door opens, that alone isn't an indicator of a burglary. Is the house ransacked? Is there damage to the door or doorframe? I would think a check of the outside would be more reasonable than searching the interior of the residence to check for a burglary. If you can smell the marijuana, and they don't know you're there, then no need to secure the residence. Just go get the warrant. I believe the courts have said that the small amount of weed that would be used personally prior to obtaining the warrant wouldn't justify securing the residence if the residents don't know you're there.
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