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Case No. 20-1393

State of Iowa
Yale Stevens

Yale Stevens appeals his conviction and sentence following a bench trial on the minutes of testimony finding him guilty of possession of a controlled substance – first offense (methamphetamine), in violation of Iowa Code section 124.401(5)(2019). Steven argues (1) the dog’s signal on the driver’s side of an empty car provided an insufficient nexus to search him, who was a former passenger in the car, violating his rights under the Fourth Amendment and article I, section 8; and (2) the evidence was insufficient to prove the substance in Stevens’ possession was methamphetamine.



State of Iowa


Yale Stevens

Attorney for the Appellee

Sharon K. Hall

Attorney for the Appellant

Melinda J. Nye

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Dec 15, 2021 9:00 AM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 18, 2022
Date Amended:
Apr 15, 2022
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