Drug Dog’s Incorrect Signal Can Still Give the Police Probable Cause to Search

One of the confounding things in the law is how counterintuitive certain rulings can be.  The following case summary is such an example.  Police made a traffic stop for expired license plate tags. The officer, over the driver’s objection, then had his trained sniff dog walk around the car.  The dog was trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and ecstasy.  It sat down as trained at the car’s door and the officer searched the car, finding ingredients to produce meth, but they were not yet chemically combined.  Would the search be ruled improper and then evidence thrown out?  Click on the following link to find out.


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