CA5: Def consented after drug dog didn’t alert, and it was valid

Defendant was stopped at an immigration checkpoint at Laredo, saying he was going to San Antonio. The officer found the story dubious, ran the paperwork in seconds, and then got a drug dog which did not alert. Then defendant consented to a search and the officer found eleven kilos of methamphetamine in the lining to two empty suitcases. The stop was reasonable in length and the consent was valid. United States v. Hipolito-Ramirez\, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 14637 (5th Cir. Aug. 9, 2016).*

After defendant’s arrest, his bag was found and searched by private parties before turning it over to the police. the private search was valid. United States v. Jordan, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102365 (N.D.W.Va. Aug. 4, 2016).*

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