Category Archives: Dog sniff

ND: Drug dog arriving before stop completed could sniff before stop ended

Because the drug dog arrived nearly at the same time as the officer making the traffic stop, the dog sniff on the highway did not extend the stop under Rodriguez. State v. Phelps, 2017 ND 141, 2017 N.D. LEXIS 134 … Continue reading

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N.D.Ala.: Nailed down plywood sheet wasn’t subject to removal under protective sweep but other exigency for search shown

Police entered because of a hostage situation. Removal of a nailed down plywood cover wasn’t valid as a protective sweep, but it was under exigent circumstances. United States v. Cooks, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83992 (N.D.Ala. April 28, 2017), adopted, … Continue reading

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N.D.Tex.: Defendant doesn’t show that the officer’s waving his hand near the car was a handler cue to the dog

Defendant doesn’t show that the officer’s waving his hand near the car was a handler cue to the dog. It was part of the dog training. The stop wasn’t unreasonably extended because defendant wasn’t answering questions, and he even produced … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Driveway not curtilage for dog sniff of car

Relying on United States v. Beene, 818 F.3d 157 (5th Cir. 2016) (posted here), defendant’s car parked on the driveway in front of his home was subject to a dog sniff as if it was on the street. Because of … Continue reading

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MD: Drug dog’s reliability is not subject to de novo appellate review

Whether a drug dog is reliable is a question committed to the trial court. It is not subject to de novo review on appeal. Grimm v. State, 2017 Md. App. LEXIS 413 (April 26, 2017). In this death case, there … Continue reading

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D.Utah: Officer asked dispatch not to report records check so he could do dog sniff; they sent it 7-8 seconds after dog alerted, and this didn’t “measurably extend” stop

Dog alert in 7-8 seconds after dispatch called with the results of the record check did not “measurably” extend the stop, although the officer asked dispatch to hold off so he could do the dog sniff. “Though Trooper Wood asked … Continue reading

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WV: Drug dog arrived and worked before ticket was finished; neither occupant had DLs, so the dog didn’t lengthen the stop

“As in Brock, the record on appeal in the instant case shows that the mission of the traffic stop was not completed at the time the dog sniff occurred. Officer Boggess testified that he was only approximately ‘three-quarters of the … Continue reading

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OH3: Drug dog on scene in 1 min didn’t prolong the stop

Defendant was stopped for window tint, and the drug dog arrived within one minute. The dog sniff did not delay the stop because no response had yet been received from dispatch. State v. Wade, 2017-Ohio-1319, 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 1340 … Continue reading

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D.Me.: CC fraud case led to PC def’s computer had “victim information” on it

Defendant was arrested for credit card fraud, and he had a computer in his vehicle. There was probable cause as to his computer and reasonable to issue a search warrant for “victim information.” United States v. Febles, 2017 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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D.Del.: Dog sniff at a storage unit not a search

A dog sniff at a storage unit didn’t violate any reasonable expectation of privacy. It isn’t the same as curtilage of the home. Defendant’s attempt to show a Franks discrepancy because he originally rented C43 but moved two weeks later … Continue reading

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