Arkansas v. Sanders, 442 U.S. 753, 99 S.Ct. 2586 (1979)FACTS: An officer of the Little Rock P.D. received word from an informant that Sanders would arrive at a particular gate, at a particular time, carrying a green suitcase with marijuana. Both the officer and the informant knew Sanders well, having worked on a case involving Sanders before, a case that resulted in Sanders conviction.Sanders arrived as expected, and met with a man later identified as Rambo.
United States v. Gust, 405 F.3d 797 (9th Cir. 2005)The “single-purpose container” exception to the search warrant requirement traces its origin to Arkansas v. Sanders, 442 U.S. 753 (1979), which noted that certain containers may be searched without a warrant, because their contents are so apparent, for example, a gun case. In a later decision, Robbins v. California, 453 U.S. 420 (1981), the Court observed that this principle was closely related to the plain view doctrine.