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North Carolina Agency Implements "Written Consent" Policy, Limiting Search Powers

A police advocacy group, the N.C. Police Benevolent Association, opposes the proposed policy, saying it should include a way for officers to bypass the written requirement if it is not safe or practical. The group would continue to oppose the practice, which isn't backed by law, said PBA President John Midgette.

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USCG Seizes $92 Million Shipment of Cocaine off California Coast

The Coast Guard Cutter Alert crew offloaded more than 6,800 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $92 million near San Diego on Wednesday.

Florida K-9 Sniffs Out 94 Pounds of Marijuana at Traffic Stop

A K-9 with the Ocala (FL) Police Department alerted to the possible presence of drugs during a traffic stop on Wednesday, and eventually sniffed out 94 pounds of marijuana.

OR Supreme Court Rules Police Can't Take Suspect's Garbage Without a Warrant

The high court found that police had violated the Oregon Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches because Lien and Wilverding had privacy interests in their trash and because the garbage hauling company acted as “an agent” of police by collecting the trash for a detective.

DHS Announces Massive Seizure of Cocaine in New Jersey

The United States Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday that officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency recently seized approximately 3,200 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $77,000,000.

California Couple Sues Department Alleging Police Mistakenly Ransacked Home

A couple is suing the San Francisco Police Department, alleging that officers searching for stolen mobile phones "ransacked" their apartment in a 2017 incident.

Agents Seize Nearly $7M in Illegal Drugs at US-Mexico Border

Border agents at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility reportedly seized nearly $7 million worth of illegal narcotics, including 320 pounds of methamphetamine and 40 pounds of cocaine.

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Appeals Court Rules Residency In Marijuana Legal State Not Justification for Police Search

By a 2-1 vote, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said two Kansas Highway Patrol officers violated the constitutional rights of Colorado motorist Peter Vasquez in December 2011 by pulling him over and searching his car after he had been driving alone at night on Interstate 70.

Community Caretaking Searches

Few of the safeguards granted to individuals in the United States under the Bill of Rights are more vociferously defended than the Fourth Amendment guaranteeing protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. This is especially the case where the entry of private residences is concerned.