Random Drug Searches Approved by Supreme Court

The high court says if officers stop you for speeding or anything else they can use dogs to search your car for illegal drugs, whether they have reason to suspect them or not.

The Tallahassee Police Department conducted a k-9 demonstration just one day after the controversial Supreme Court ruling.

Sgt. Mark Peavy said, “He can do a drug sniff, if there is no drugs, there's no intrusion. Then, you have the other example where there are narcotics, and as soon as the dog came around the vehicle and sourced the odor, he alerted.”

Not everyone believes that the searches are non-intrusive. The Illinois American Civil Liberties Union released a statement saying it is disappointed with the 6-2 Supreme Court ruling. It also said in a statement that the "use of these dogs changes the character and nature of the traffic stop from a simple interaction between police officer and citizen to a menacing experience in which many individuals feel threatened."

Despite the ACLU’s comment, SGT. Peavy believes the latest Supreme Court decision will improve law enforcement.

It turns out that most drug-trafficking in this country is transported by motor vehicle. That's why, according to police, it is so important that they can perform these searches.

Sgt. Peavy says that if a dog is available at the time of the traffic stop, they may very well use it.

He agrees with the Supreme Court that using the dogs is not an illegal search.