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Case No. 19-0180

State of Iowa
Nicholas Dean Wright

Defendant appealed from the judgment and sentence entered on his convictions of possession of marijuana and possession of Vyvanse. See Iowa Code § 124.401(5) (2019). Defendant contended the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence obtained from a warrantless search of his garbage containers set out for trash collection. The court of appeals affirmed. Defendant seeks further review.

Cerro Gordo


State of Iowa


Nicholas Dean Wright

Attorney for the Resister

Linda J. Hines

Attorney for the Applicant

Colin Murphy

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Sep 17, 2020 9:00 AM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 18, 2021
Date Amended:
Aug 31, 2021

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 05, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, Adam Sauer, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (10 pages)

            Nicholas Wright appeals the denial of his motion to suppress evidence obtained from warrantless “trash rips.”  OPINION HOLDS: Because the law enforcement officer did not intrude upon a constitutionally-protected interest and Wright had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the garbage containers left out for collection, we affirm the district court’s denial of his motion to suppress. 

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