W.D.La.: Giving officers the benefit of their training and experience there was RS for continuing the stop

“‘Courts must allow law enforcement “officers to draw on their own experience and specialized training to make inferences from and deductions about the cumulative information available to them that might well elude an untrained person.”’ Estrada, 459 F.3d at 632 (quoting Arvizu, 122 S.Ct. at 750-51) (internal quotations omitted). Hill’s testimony established his experience with narcotics trafficking along I-10, and he gave a highly credible account as to how, due to his training and experience, all of the factors he cited worked together to increase his suspicion. Because of the criminal histories for both defendants (particularly Wilbon), their inconsistent stories, travel from out-of-state on a known drug-trafficking corridor, nervous demeanors, and the change in Wilbon’s mood — from laughing to cursing — once confronted about the discrepancies in their stories, a suspicion of criminal activity certainly seems reasonable at the time that Hill extended the detention for the K-9 search. Therefore the government has carried its burden as to the extension of the traffic stop, and there is no basis for suppression under this claim.” United States v. Wilbon, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26777 (W.D. La. Feb. 20, 2018).

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