- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A court ruling says an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer acted within the law when he detained a motorist to wait for a drug-sniffing dog partly on the basis of the man’s extensive criminal history related to drugs.

The officer got the motorist’s permission to search his rental car during a 2010 traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Chandler. However, the motorist refused to allow the officer to open two sealed packages later found to contain marijuana.

The man’s lawyers argued that the officer didn’t have grounds to detain the man to await the dog’s arrival.

However, the state Court of Appeals ruled that the man’s confusing explanations of the circumstances of his trip, his lack of personal belongings in the vehicle and his criminal history provided reasonable suspicion.



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