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NCJ Number: 121996 Find in a Library
Title: Hounding Drug Traffickers: The Use of Drug Detection Dogs
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:58  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:26-32
Author(s): K A Kingston
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 7
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Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using dogs to detect drugs is an extremely effective approach in efforts to address drug trafficking and is constitutionally permissible under guidelines established in several decisions of the United States Supreme Court and lower courts.
Abstract: The Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Place endorsed the use of dogs in public places. Other courts have also held that the use of a drug-detection dog to sniff items placed in the care and custody of third parties is not a search under the Fourth Amendment. They have also upheld dog sniffs in motor vehicles or trains. However, using a dog in a private home or hotel room generally requires prior judicial authorization or another justification under one of the exceptions to the requirement for a search warrant. 43 references.
Main Term(s): Drug detection dogs; Police dogs
Index Term(s): Airport drug searches; Drug detection; Drug law enforcement; Right of privacy; Search and seizure laws
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