- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a Milwaukee man’s drug conviction, saying evidence from an improper search of his house was admissible.

Police went to Gary Scull’s home with a drug-sniffing dog in 2010 after they got a tip from an informant. A detective walked the dog around the house and the dog alerted on the front door. The officers left, returned with a search warrant and found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the house.

Scull was convicted on cocaine and drug house charges. He argued police conducted a warrantless search.

The 1st District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday the warrant wasn’t valid but evidence from the search was still admissible because police believed in good faith that their conduct was constitutional.

Scull’s attorney didn’t immediately return a message.

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