Man held in Bridgeport heroin bust

Man held in Bridgeport heroin bust

There are 29 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Apr 3, 2008, titled Man held in Bridgeport heroin bust. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

A New York man, who police said was driving around the city Wednesday dropping off bundles of heroin to street dealers, was being held in lieu of $1 million bond today.

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chunky

Lodi, NJ

#22 Apr 5, 2008
if the dog hits on something its enough probable cause. these are state trained k-9's
Booker T

Jackson, NJ

#23 Apr 5, 2008
Reliable wrote:
I wonder how they were able to get into the secret compartment? I am sure he did not tell the cops it was there. If he did he would have opened it and not allowed his car to be torn up.
You can inventory a car before you tow it. Going in the compartment seems like a search to me. I saw the pictures on Channel-12.
Unless there was a search warrant for that car, and the compartment that evidence may get tossed in court.
Let's see where this goes
Most likely got in to the car by Motor Vehicle Exception for warrantless search. You are right, Inventory is one. Others could be: 1. Plain View- seeing something illegal in plain sight inside the car such as drugs and or paraphernalia.

Exigent Circumstances- when the circumstances or actions of the suspect cause the officer to fear imminent danger, the officer can then search the passenger compartment of the car for weapons. This works only when the officer can clearly say what caused his fear. Also, the passenger compatment can only be searched. If however, you find illegal stuff during this search, the rest of the car and containers within can be searched.

Search Incident To Arrest- When a suspect is arrested, they and their car can be searched for any concealed weapons which may be a danger to the officer or others.

And.. last but not least... some people consent to officers searching their car. This can be either verbally or written. Written consent is the best.

In all of these cases every part of the car, including containers inside are open to search.

Someone also mentioned K-9. This is legal also. If a drug detection trained K-9 hits on a part of the vehicle, that vehicle can be searched. There is NO law keeping a Police K-9 from sniffing the outiside of any vehicle. No reasons are needed if an officer wants a K-9 to sniff the outside of a car.
Reliable

Stratford, CT

#24 Apr 5, 2008
Booker T wrote:
<quoted text> Most likely got in to the car by Motor Vehicle Exception for warrantless search. You are right, Inventory is one. Others could be: 1. Plain View- seeing something illegal in plain sight inside the car such as drugs and or paraphernalia.
Exigent Circumstances- when the circumstances or actions of the suspect cause the officer to fear imminent danger, the officer can then search the passenger compartment of the car for weapons. This works only when the officer can clearly say what caused his fear. Also, the passenger compatment can only be searched. If however, you find illegal stuff during this search, the rest of the car and containers within can be searched.
Search Incident To Arrest- When a suspect is arrested, they and their car can be searched for any concealed weapons which may be a danger to the officer or others.
And.. last but not least... some people consent to officers searching their car. This can be either verbally or written. Written consent is the best.
In all of these cases every part of the car, including containers inside are open to search.
Someone also mentioned K-9. This is legal also. If a drug detection trained K-9 hits on a part of the vehicle, that vehicle can be searched. There is NO law keeping a Police K-9 from sniffing the outiside of any vehicle. No reasons are needed if an officer wants a K-9 to sniff the outside of a car.
The problem I have with the search is that it was in the secret compartment. Not standard equippment.
I saw the pictures on TV that showed parts of the car torn up to get inside it. That to me goes well beyond an inventory or search incident. I am sure the suspect said it was fine to tear up the inside of his car like that.

Even with a K-9 sniff that "hit" on a area of the car,that in itself should give you a reason to get a warrant. You would include the drugs that you have and the probability that there was more secreted in the car. Not to mention how you even found this guy in the first place. I am sure that there was C.I. used somewhere.

Put it all togther,it just makes a better seizure with a warrant.
james bearsdley

Clifton, NJ

#25 Apr 6, 2008
ok isnt it true in a pickup with a cap the officer cannot go into the bed but only the cab
pwilson

Sandy Hook, CT

#27 Apr 6, 2008
goofy wrote:
can't a working guy get a break?
You can take the longest break of your life. IN JAIL.

By the way, don't use the name of a nice doggy.
Anonymous

Trumbull, CT

#28 Apr 6, 2008
That was not the first time those officers came across a situation involving a car trap. They are trained professionals who know the requirements of the 4th Amendment and deal with them daily. Great work by Bpt. Police Narcotics Division.
Reliable

Stratford, CT

#29 Apr 6, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
That was not the first time those officers came across a situation involving a car trap. They are trained professionals who know the requirements of the 4th Amendment and deal with them daily. Great work by Bpt. Police Narcotics Division.
Let's hope that seizure of the evidence hold up in court.
Big Dick Chaney

Bronxville, NY

#30 May 4, 2008
The Bpt Police never follow proper procedures and you all have the nerve to say good job it makes me sick to my stomach that racial profile still excist and these cops are just Klu Klux Klan members with badges.
Joel Gonzalez

Randolph, NJ

#31 May 5, 2008
PLEASE GO BACK TO NIGHT SCHOOL AND LEARN TO WRITE.
Reliable wrote:
I am going to out on a limb as say that they did not use a dog.
Once you found that there was a trap in the car,I think opening it up when beyond the standard inventory.
Once you found it and you had p/c that it contained ? Why not get a warrant? It's not like you did not have the time.
It's what I would have done.

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