Drug Law

Smell Of Marijuana Smoke Is Enough To Search Entire Car, Minnesota Court Says

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The smell of burning marijuana coming from a vehicle is enough probable cause for police to search the entire car, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled this week.

The decision in the drug possession case against 25-year-old Jacob Levy overturned a district court order to suppress evidence against him.

Levy was pulled over by Cottage Grove police in May 2013. When an officer allegedly smelled marijuana smoke, he searched the car. In the trunk police allegedly discovered a duffel bag containing drugs and drug paraphernalia, Pioneer Press reported.

Charged with four counts of felony drug possession, Levy requested a suppression order for the evidence taken from his trunk. A district court granted the request, but county prosecutors appealed.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the trunk was searched legally.

Two people from Colorado are facing drug charges in Nebraska after state police pulled them over and found almost 100 pounds of marijuana in a suitcase in the trunk of the car.

The driver had given the officer consent to search the vehicle.

They face one charge each of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado.

Sources: Pioneer Press, Sioux City Journal

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