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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Supreme Court: Drug dog sniff is unconstitutional search

Miami-Dade detective Douglas Bartelt and narcotics detector canine Franky give a demonstration in 2011 in Miami. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police cannot bring drug-sniffing police dogs onto a suspect's property to look for evidence without first getting a warrant for a search, a decision which may limit how investigators use dogs' sensitive noses to search out drugs, explosives and other items hidden from human sight, sound and smell.