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23 Jul, 2014

US Supreme Court: Drug-Sniffing Dogs and the 4th Amendment

By | July 23rd, 2014|Drugs|Comments Off on US Supreme Court: Drug-Sniffing Dogs and the 4th Amendment

Recently, two men from Illinois were pulled over while driving in South Dakota. Although the two were stopped by a police officer due to an unrelated traffic violation, a drug-sniffing dog was brought to the side of the vehicle. A subsequent search of the car reportedly uncovered 62 pounds of marijuana. The two men are [...]

1 Mar, 2014

Illinois Drug-Sniffing Dogs Startlingly Unreliable, Reports Show

By | March 1st, 2014|Drugs|Comments Off on Illinois Drug-Sniffing Dogs Startlingly Unreliable, Reports Show

Illinois police officers often use drug-sniffing dogs to provide probable cause for warrantless vehicle searches during routine traffic stops, but statistics show that these dogs may be surprisingly unreliable. In what is known as an "alert," drug-sniffing dogs are trained to sit or dig when they detect certain scents during a traffic stop, sending a [...]