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Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Apartment search

Javon D. Johnson (“Johnson”) was charged in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County with manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and possession of equipment to produce a controlled dangerous substance. Before trial, Johnson filed a motion to suppress evidence acquired from the warrantless search of his apartment, which was considered and denied. Subsequently, Johnson entered a not guilty plea on an agreed statement of facts and was convicted by the court on all counts.

After he was sentenced to 10 years, Johnson filed a timely notice of appeal asking us to address the following question: Did the trial court err in denying the motion to suppress evidence seized from [a]ppellant’s apartment?

Read the opinion here: