United States v. Guijon-Ortiz, No. 10-4518

Decided Nov. 10, 2011

Saul Guijon-Ortiz appealed his conviction for illegal reentry after deportation in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1336(a), (b)(2). When the car defendant was riding in was stopped during a routine traffic stop, the officer asked him for identification. The officer called the local office of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and learned that the ID card defendant gave to him was invalid. Defendant argues that he was subjected to an unconstitutional seizure, unreasonably prolonged by the time it took to call ICE. Therefore, defendant contended that the fingerprints obtained when he was later transported to an ICE office and questioned should have been suppressed. The Fourth Circuit determined that the call to ICE did not unreasonably prolong the seizure and affirmed.

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-Sara I. Salehi

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