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NCJ Number: 185686 Find in a Library
Title: Can Non-Criminal Factors Support Reasonable Suspicion of Transportation of Drugs?
Journal: Crime to Court  Dated:November-December 2000  Pages:1-12
Author(s): Joseph C. Coleman
Date Published: October 2000
Page Count: 12
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The use of noncriminal factors to support reasonable suspicion of transportation of drugs was the focus of an appellate court decision in United States v. Brugal; this case concerned the discovery of cocaine and heroin in a vehicle stopped at an established license and registration checkpoint in South Carolina in 1997.
Abstract: The driver and his passengers claimed at the trial in United States District Court in Charleston, S.C., that the discovery of the drugs resulted from an unlawful extension of the initial seizure to check the driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. This action involved troopers of the South Carolina Highway patrol and an officer of the Ridgeland, S.C., city police department. The appellate court concluded that the facts known to the trooper supported reasonable suspicion of criminal activity and that Brugal’s consent to the search was valid. Therefore, the appellate vacated the district court’s order granting the defendant’s motions to suppress evidence and remanded the case for further proceedings. Photographs and discussion of United States Supreme Court decisions related to this issue
Main Term(s): Appellate court decisions
Index Term(s): Drug law offenses; Police legal limitations; Police policies and procedures; Reasonable suspicion; Search and seizure; Vehicle stops
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