OH8: Anonymous call about drug dealing from car led officers to defendants; smell of burning MJ led to valid search of car

The officer received an anonymous call about drug deals being done from a car in a shopping center parking lot. He pulled up to a parked car to check it out and it was occupied and smelled of burning marijuana. That was probable cause for the automobile exception, and the encounter wasn’t a stop. State v. Edwards, 2017-Ohio-8867, 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 5302 (8th Dist. Dec. 7, 2017);* State v. Alim, 2017-Ohio-8868, 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 5298 (8th Dist. Dec. 7, 2017).*

Defendant was stopped for following too close and throwing something out the window. When the officer got to the window, the car smelled like an air freshener had just been sprayed. He asked questions about the trip and was getting answers that made no sense to him. By the time he asked for consent and it was refused, the officer already had reasonable suspicion. United States v. Shuler, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 201197 (N.D. Ga. Nov. 7, 2017).*

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