US Supreme Court Rules That Dogs Can't Be Brought To Your Front Porch To Sniff For Drugs Without A Search Warrant

Protecting our 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure, the US Supreme Court correctly ruled that police cannot bring drug-sniffing police dogs onto a suspect”s property to look for evidence without first getting a warrant for a search. The high court put a leash on how investigators use dogs” sensitive noses to search out drugs, explosives and other items hidden from human sight, sound and smell.

On the morning of Dec. 5, 2006, Miami-Dade police detectives and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents set up surveillance outside a house south of the city after getting an anonymous tip that it might contain a marijuana growing operation.

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