- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona court ruling says unconditionally consenting to a police search of a vehicle includes allowing a drug-sniffing dog to enter the vehicle.

A Court of Appeals ruling Monday upheld a woman’s convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine for sale.

The woman’s appeal challenged a judge’s refusal to bar use of evidence seized during a traffic stop. That evidence was meth found in her purse after the dog alerted to the drug’s presence.

The woman permitted a police officer to search her car and didn’t revoke that permission after the officer got the dog from his patrol car.

Her appeal argued that the woman hadn’t consented to have a dog enter her care, but the appellate court said it’s common knowledge that police use dogs to conduct searches.



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