The U.S. Supreme Court is taking another look at law enforcement’s use of dog sniffs later this year.
In Florida v. Harris, the court will decide whether an alert by a trained and certified drug dog is enough to find probable cause to search a vehicle. A Florida police officer pulled over a truck for having expired license tags. The officer noticed the driver was nervous and saw an open beer can in one of the truck’s cup holders. The driver refused to consent to a search of the truck, so the officer had his drug detection dog walk around the outside of the vehicle. The dog alerted to the driver’s side door. The officer then searched the vehicle and discovered pseudoephedrine pills, matches, and muriatic acid, all used to make methamphetamine.