-Tip that Ross was selling drugs and that he kept it in the car. Police stop him, find a paper bag and a leather pouch containing drugs and lots of cash.
-Ross argues container rule applies (need warrant to open container)
-Ct’s options: 1) Overturn the auto exception and rely on container cases (containers are more mobile than autos); 2) Give container cases precedence; 3) Overturn the container cases (say whether container is in a car or not we treat it the same as auto exception); 4) Give precedence to the auto exception (once container is in a car, the auto exception still applies)àa) On facts of Ross (PC to the whole car or portion of the car) auto exception controls; b) Anytime container is in car, the car exception applies
-SC eventually says 4a)àIf you have PC to the whole car or portion of the car (not focused on a particular container) auto exception controls. But if the PC were only to the container, you can’t open the paper bag (container cases control)
àHowe says stupid rule and it is- situations where police see a container, can search car and not sack
-You can go into car and you can’t open any containers in the car. Even if you have PC for that specific container you still can’t open it without a search warrant.