N.D.Ohio: Thermal imaging SW was based on probable cause because CI corroborated

“The Chardon Municipal Court Judge had a substantial basis for concluding that probable cause existed in issuing the warrant for a thermal image search of 7071 Ledge. The Government must obtain a search warrant before use of thermal imaging equipment to detect heat-generating activity in a defendant’s house.” “The police further corroborated this [CI] by surveilling the Property; observing the smell of marijuana at times consistent with practices often observed in large scale marijuana cultivation operations; and observing the same individuals over multiple days loading and unloading unknown materials. Investigators also subpoenaed and reviewed electrical records which reflected a higher use of electricity than commercial buildings of a similar size.” United States v. Nagy, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 187206 (N.D. Ohio Nov. 1, 2018).*

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