- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

An appeals court has upheld a weapons conviction of a convicted felon seen with a gun outside his Hobbs home by law enforcement officers conducting surveillance with a video camera mounted on a utility pole.

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Ruben Cantu had no expectation of privacy when he went outside while carrying an assault rifle and was seen by officers watching a next-door neighbor’s home during a drug investigation.

The Lea County Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for Cantu’s home where they found an AR-15 and ammunition.

Cantu pleaded guilty to two felony charges but conditioned his guilty plea on his ability to appeal a trial judge’s ruling that officers didn’t have to obtain a search warrant to install the camera.

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