"Oh no dude, toss the drugs!"
The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in 2000 that said that randomly stopping cars to search for drugs is not legal. But police in the town of Mayfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, think they’ve got a way around that rule.
They posted official looking signs along the highway, saying that there was a drug checkpoint ahead, and that drivers might encounter a drug-sniffing police dog.
Police hoped that drivers would act suspiciously, which would give police a reason to stop them.
Police did stop some drivers and said they made some arrests.
Civil rights attorneys and the ACLU said it may still be an illegal search.
Said assistant prosecutor Dominic Vitantonio:
"We should be applauded for doing this. It’s a good thing."
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