- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled it’s improper for police without a warrant to obtain evidence after a drug-sniffing dog took officers to the front door of a drug suspect’s apartment.

In a 5-4 ruling, the state’s top criminal court said Wednesday a Victoria County trial court in a 2012 marijuana case properly suppressed evidence obtained after the dog led police from the apartment parking lot to a front door. Prosecutors had appealed the ruling.

Detectives later obtained a warrant based on the dog’s actions.

But the trial court, a lower appeals court and now the Court of Criminal Appeals said the subsequent seizure of about two pounds of marijuana and almost $5,000, leading to a money laundering charge, was the result of an improper warrantless search.

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