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Illegal Search and Seizure in Drug Cases

Illegal Search and Seizure in Drug Cases

A deputy responded to a store in the 100 block of North Federal Highway to investigate a reported disturbance. When he asked a woman involved in the incident for identification, she opened her purse to get her license. In plain site was an open pill bottle containing crack cocaine and two white pills, which were identified as Percocet. She was arrested and taken to the county jail. Source Law enforcement officers are entrusted with the power to conduct investigations, make arrests, perform searches and seizures of persons and their belongings, and occasionally use lethal force in the line of duty. But this power must be exercised within the boundaries of the law, and when police officers exceed those boundaries they jeopardize the admissibility of any evidence collected for prosecution. By… […]

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