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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Supreme Court says search with drug dog was legal

  • The North Dakota Supreme Court says a judge made a mistake by throwing out evidence obtained by police who brought a drug-sniffing dog into a secure Fargo apartment a month after a resident complained about the smell of marijuana.
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  • The North Dakota Supreme Court says a judge made a mistake by throwing out evidence obtained by police who brought a drug-sniffing dog into a secure Fargo apartment a month after a resident complained about the smell of marijuana.
    Lawyers for the state appealed the ruling by East Central District Judge Wickham Corwin, who said after an April hearing that police should have obtained a search warrant before conducting the sweep.
    Matthew Nguyen (nu-WIN') was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Police in plain clothes had entered Nguyen's building after a woman had opened the door.
    The Supreme Court says Nguyen could not expect the common hallways of the apartment building to be free from any intrusion, including a search by police.

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