Actual possession

1  : direct occupancy, use, or control of real property <had actual possession of the land despite a lack of legal title>
2  : direct physical custody, care, or control of property or contraband (as illegal drugs) <actual possession is not necessary to sustain a conviction ­State v. Garrison, 896 S.W.2d 689 (1995)>

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