Which is good, because these drugs ain’t gonna deliver themselves, and 1. You’ll lose a lot of customers if you are late because you had to wait for the drug dog to sniff your car, and 2. If the drug dog does sniff your car, they’ll probably take your drugs, which means you won’t even have any to sell to customers.
But no worries no more, because today the Supreme Court ruled that a police officer can’t extend a routine traffic stop the length of time it takes to bring out a drug dog.
Basically, your right to quickly get home to do the drugs you have in your car is written in the Constitution.
From the Boston Globe:
“A police stop exceeding the time needed to handle the matter for which the stop was made violates the Constitution’s shield against unreasonable seizures,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the majority. The vote was 6-3.
The case stemmed from a traffic stop in Nebraska. After issuing Dennys Rodriguez a written warning, a police officer brought out his K-9 and circled the car, finding methamphetamine.
That, my friend, is now considered an illegal search and seizure as well as a waste of your time. Here’s the money line.
Absent reasonable suspicion, police extension of a traffic stop in order to conduct a dog sniff violates the Constitution’s shield against unreasonable seizures.
So this may not save you if your car reeks of pot, and it certainly won’t stop overzealous and asshole cops, just know whatever they find might not be admissible.
Score one for liberty and cruising with drugs in your car.
[H/T The Daily Dot]