The Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained after officers, pursuant to arrest warrants, arrested the defendant and his wife, secured them outside of their home, and then reentered the home to conduct a protective sweep without a warrant. The court found that the totality of the circumstances demonstrates that the officer had a reasonable suspicion that a dangerous person might have been in the house and that the protective sweep was justified. In this case, multiple cars indicated multiple people on the property; the tips about the drugs indicated multiple people who may have had access to weapons; and the wife’s refusal to follow police directions indicated that, if other people were in the house, they might have likewise been non-compliant.

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