by Geoff Dornan
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July 16, 2013
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High court rejects illegal drug evidence in traffic stop

The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld an Elko judge’s decision to toss out drug evidence seized after a traffic stop, saying the driver’s constitutional rights were violated. Kent Beckman was stopped for speeding, given a warning by the trooper and told “everything looks good.” But when Beckman tried to leave, the officer ordered him to remain until a drug-sniffing dog could arrive. The dog alerted his handler to the presence of drugs, a search found cocaine and methamphetamine in the vehicle, and Beckman was arrested and charged. “A traffic stop that is legitimate when initiated becomes illegitimate when the officer …

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