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Detection Related Cases

United States v. Place

This 1983 landmark US Supreme Court Case determined that a K9 "sniff" by a properly trained and handled drug detection dog did not constitute a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment.

United States v. Beale

Two drug detection dogs were used to "sniff" the luggage of John Beale at the airport.  As a result this 1984 US Supreme Court case also decided that a K9 "sniff" is not a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment.

United States v. Harvey

This 1992 case deals with a bus interdiction stop where luggage was moved during a K9 sniff.

United States v. Graham

Another 1992 K9 "sniff" case involving  a bus interdiction stop.  This case involves luggage being moved as well as interrogation and Miranda Warning issues.

United States v. Hall

United States v. Hernandez

United States v. Sterling

Edmond v. City of Indianapolis

Illinois v. Caballes

United States v. England

United States v. Jacobsen

Patrol Related Cases