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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:The appellant was charged with possession of cocaine. The trial court denied his pretrial motion to suppress, which claimed that the arresting officer had no probable cause to detain him and conduct a warrantless search of his car a search that led to the discovery of cocaine inside a film cannister on the console of the car. Appellant then pleaded guilty, and the trial court, finding an enhancement paragraph true, sentenced him to 20 years in prison. The court of appeals affirmed. A confidential informant phoned agent Gray one morning and told him that he had just seen appellant with crack cocaine. The informant said that appellant was in a specific area of Abilene “known for drugs being dealt.” The informant described appellant’s appearance and identified him by name. Gray also knew appellant by name from past drug-dealing incidents, and he knew that appellant was a felon. The informant told Gray that appellant was in a specific car: He described that car, gave the license plate number, and said that the rocks were in the car. The informant called Gray less than an hour after he saw appellant with the rocks. Gray then met personally with the informant, showed him appellant’s photograph which the informant identified as the person who had the rocks in his car. Gray immediately went out to find appellant. Gray had known the informant for more than a year and said that he believed that this informant was reliable and trustworthy. Although the informant was being paid and had a prior history of misdemeanor offenses, he had provided information that was always shown to be true and that had led to the arrest of at least five drug offenders. Gray and a patrol officer searched the neighborhood where the informant had said appellant was located, looking for the car that the informant had described. They soon found it parked on the side of the road near a school. Appellant was sitting in the car. Gray approached appellant, told him who he and the patrol officer were, got him out of the car and handcuffed him, advised him of his rights, told him about the information they had received, and asked him if he had any controlled substances or other items that he wanted to surrender. Appellant said no. The patrol officer then searched appellant, but found no contraband. Gray searched the car and found rocks of cocaine in a film cannister inside a black toboggan that was on the center console. Gray then arrested appellant for possession of a controlled substance. HOLDING:Affirmed. The evidence showed that the informant: 1. had been reliable in the past; 2. gave detailed information about the appellant, his recent whereabouts and his recent possession of cocaine “rocks”; and 3. provided verifiable detail. Furthermore, as the court of appeals noted, Gray was able to verify almost every piece of the informant’s information, except the actual presence of the cocaine, before detaining appellant and searching his car. OPINION:Cochran, J., delivered the court’s opinion.

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