When law enforcement or any other agent of the government performs a search or seizure that is objectively unreasonable, any evidence they obtain can be suppressed. In other words, the government can't use tainted evidence against defendants.
The highest court in the nation recently cast doubt on the constitutionality of North Dakota's tough DUI laws. Last Wednesday, the justices of the Supreme Court spent more than an hour debating the legality of warrantless breath tests. What can we learn from their deliberations, and what could it mean for you if you are pulled over?
The North Dakota Highway Patrol seized 136 pounds of marijuana from a car on Interstate 94 near Steele at about 1 p.m. on March 1. The car had Idaho license plates, and a trooper's suspicions were cited as the reason why the vehicle was searched. A 22-year-old man and a 33-year-old man were inside of the car at the time of the traffic stop and were taken into custody.
A 29-year-old woman and two men from Arizona have been charged after authorities linked them to 11 pounds of methamphetamine, cash, marijuana and handguns found in their vehicle and hotels. The investigation began when the woman was pulled over in Berthold, North Dakota, for what the police chief described as "erratic driving." Police claim that they found 1 pound of methamphetamine and $20,000 in cash in the vehicle.
A North Dakota man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of distribution of methamphetamine and the illegal use of a firearm while engaging in drug trafficking. In their Nov. 4 announcement, federal prosecutors claimed the charges were related to his alleged participation in the violent kidnapping and beating of another man in 2012.
According to officials, a drug raid that was executed in Thompson resulted in two adults being taken into police custody. In addition, two children were taken into protective custody. According to deputies, officers went to the residence to perform a probation search.
A North Dakota man who was found guilty on July 28 for conspiracy to distribute drugs that resulted in injury or death received 12 years in prison. According to reports, the 53-year-old man was accused of bringing over 33 pounds of methamphetamine into the state. The methamphetamine was allegedly linked to two deaths caused by overdose. The man who was sentenced was just one of several individuals who were indicted in 2013. The man and a second person were both charged for the death of the man's 59-year-old girlfriend on Feb. 6, 2013.