Dec. 14, 2022 – People v. Castro (2nd Dist., Div. 1, B318174)

On appeal from the denial of a motion to suppress, the Court of Appeal holds that the officer had probable cause to search appellant’s car under the automobile exception to the warrant requirement based on the “strong odor” of “burnt marijuana” emanating from appellant’s car, appellant’s admission he had smoked marijuana 2 hours earlier, and the fact that all occupants of the car were under 21 years of age.