Court: Tracking devices OK in Oregon marijuana case
A federal appeals court has ruled that mobile tracking devices can be attached to suspect vehicles as part of a marijuana investigation in Oregon.
PORTLAND — A federal appeals court has ruled that mobile tracking devices can be attached to suspect vehicles as part of a marijuana investigation in Oregon.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court in the case of Juan Pineda-Moreno, who argued his constitutional rights were violated when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents attached devices to his sport-utility vehicle.
The DEA agents used several of the devices to track the SUV after they learned Pineda-Moreno and his associates had purchased large amounts of fertilizer, groceries, irrigation equipment and deer repellent at several stores in the Medford area in 2007.
The court noted the agents attached the devices while the vehicle was parked in a driveway and in public areas, including a street and parking lot.
The court ruled Pineda-Moreno had no reasonable expectation of privacy at any of those sites.
By The Associated Press
Monday, January 18, 2010
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