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Criminal Practice – Search & Seizure – Traffic Stop – Warrantless Search – Passenger’s Marijuana Pipe (access required)

State v. Watkins Even if defendant’s unsignaled lane change was not sufficient to justify a traffic stop, the lane change in combination with an anonymous tip (that a purple car would be transporting drugs in the area) and defendant’s other activities were sufficient to give an experienced law enforcement officer reasonable suspicion that some illegal activity was taking place: defendant’s slow speed while driving in the passing lane, his frequent glances in his rearview mirrors, his repeated glances over his shoulder, and the fact that he was driving a car registered to another person.

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