Vice Squad
Saturday, April 24, 2004
Probable Cause - Anyone?

More annoying drug war news from my home state of Iowa. Two people were arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute along interstate 80 in Iowa on Friday, reports the Perry Chief.

The car was pulled over for minor traffic violations, and was searched pursuant to a police officer noticing "criminal indicators". What these indicators were is not known. Hank, the Wonder Narc Dog, alerted on the car, and the marijuana was found. What gets me is that no one even questions the propriety of searching this car. What are the criminal indicators? Further, drug sniffing dogs are horribly unreliable, and their "testimony" has begun to be excluded in some states. The Fourth Amendment seems almost non-existent in traffic stop cases anymore.

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