Drug Interdiction Programs: Pretext Stops (Checkpoints) vs. Drug Traps

The extent of Fourth Amendment protection of freedom from unreasonable search and seizures has been a heavily contested legal issue for decades. The proper authority of police officials, acting in their capacity as enforcers of the law, to execute warrantless searches has provided rich debate and has produced notable judicial decisions. Due in large part to the, “War on Drugs,” the constitutional authority of various circuits to regulate officials authority when effectuating traffic stops has been somewhat of a complex topic; but the way the courts analyze these issues, if not carefully decided, may have an adverse impact on our society. This case note details a case that demonstrates an example of this.

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