Containers In Cars: Probable Cause With Respect to a
In these cases, police officers only have probable cause that a particular container has evidence of a crime. Police have no reason to believe that evidence of a crime is located elsewhere in the car.
This case held that a warrantless search of a green suitcase in a taxi cab violated the Fourth Amedment.
In these cases, officers now may seize the container in the car, and may open the container without a warrant.
However, the officers cannot search the rest of the car without a warrant.