- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Supreme Court has reversed a judge’s decision in a case that started as a traffic stop and ended with drug convictions.

The court on Friday found in favor of Jessica Morrill, a van passenger on Interstate 95 in 2013. A state trooper stopped it; a computer check indicated its license plate was registered to a different vehicle.

The driver, Morrill’s boyfriend, first declined, then consented to a search of the van after the trooper requested a police dog. Cocaine and other drugs were found. Both were arrested. A judge denied motions to suppress the evidence and they went to trial.

The court said the judge’s decision was wrong and sent the case back. It said beyond the license plate, none of the trooper’s further inquiries established reasonable suspicion that the van contained illegal drugs.

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