Does Inventory Search Allow Removal of Car Dashboard?

Strictly speaking, an inventory search cannot include removing a car’s dashboard to look for evidence of a crime, i.e. drugs, money, stolen property or a firearm. However, if while conducting a valid inventory search, officers find evidence of a crime, or develop reasonable suspicion of a crime, officers may conduct a more intrusive search of a vehicle, including the removal of a car dashboard that appeared fake and/or loose because it was used to hide drugs behind. To read a summary of a recent reported decision where this took place, please click on the following link –

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