Category Archives: Dog sniff

N.D.Iowa: There is no constitutional difference between a drug dog’s “alert” and “indication”

There is no constitutional difference between a drug dog’s “alert” and “indication.” The dog’s actions and what it means to the handler are just a factor in probable cause to search. United States v. Herbst, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6516 … Continue reading

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D.Idaho: Dog sniff by stopping officer prolonged the stop; effort to show RS fails

The totality of circumstances that the government presents fails to show reasonable suspicion. Defendant was subjected to a dog sniff by the stopping officer without it, and the motion to suppress is granted because it prolonged the stop. United States … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: There was RS for a dog sniff of a package in the mail, and the alert was PC for a SW; def’s motion to suppress suggested no standing

There was reasonable suspicion to detain a package in the mail for a dog sniff because of the way it was packaged and labeled suggested that it contained drugs. After the dog alert, there was a necessary delay in obtaining … Continue reading

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Salt Lake Tribune: Trooper who thought man’s Mormon music was suspicious and searched his car violated Fourth Amendment, judge says

Salt Lake Tribune: Trooper who thought man’s Mormon music was suspicious and searched his car violated Fourth Amendment, judge says by Aubrey Wieber:

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OH8: Drug dog on scene while ticket being written caused no additional detention

Defendant’s stop was with reasonable suspicion based on corroborated informant hearsay. “Because the police were still in the process of writing the traffic ticket when the canine arrived and conducted the sniff, and thus the stop was not unlawfully extended.” … Continue reading

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AP: “Man sits in jail when drywall powder is mistaken for cocaine” because a drug dog said it was cocaine

AP: Man sits in jail when drywall powder is mistaken for cocaine: OVIEDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man spent 90 days in jail after police officers who stopped him for driving without headlights said white powder found in his … Continue reading

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IN: Dog sniff by second officer who arrived right after stop was valid; RS not needed

Defendant was stopped for driving 63 in the fast lane of a freeway with a 70 speed limit, and the officer was only going to warn the driver about the dangers of driving too slow in the fast lane. The … Continue reading

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OH8: Dog sniff that didn’t extend traffic stop at all because it was done by another officer was reasonable

The exclusionary rule applies to forfeiture actions (One 1958 Plymouth Sedan) despite the state’s argument. The dog sniff during the normal processing was part of the stop. “Police may conduct a canine sniff during the time that it takes to … Continue reading

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S.D.Tex.: In not so few words: The bar for a competent drug dog under Florida v. Harris isn’t all that high; essentially: is the dog certified?

Defendant was stopped for driving without headlights during a Hurricane Harvey curfew, and he gave a false name and had no driver’s license. While detained, defendant was showing signs of diabetic distress. He was seated on the curb and he … Continue reading

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OH8: Dog sniff within the normal occurrence of the traffic stop was reasonable

The exclusionary rule applies to forfeiture actions (One 1958 Plymouth Sedan) despite the state’s argument. The dog sniff occurred during the normal processing part of the stop. “Police may conduct a canine sniff during the time that it takes to … Continue reading

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IL: Calling for a drug dog after defendant refused to consent to a search did not extend the stop even “incrementally”

Calling for a drug dog after defendant refused to consent to a search did not extend the stop even “incrementally” [ignoring the fact that the radio call took time away from writing the ticket]. People v. Heritsch, 2017 IL App … Continue reading

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N.D.Iowa: Officer’s slow walking issuance of ticket to allow drug dog time to arrive wasn’t objectively unreasonable

The officer’s subjective intent to delay the processing of defendant’s speeding ticket didn’t show that it was objectively slowed down to give time to get a drug dog to the scene to conduct a car sniff before the finishing of … Continue reading

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