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People v. Stillwell, C065324

Conviction and sentencing of defendants for drug-related offenses based principally on evidence obtained with the help of a narcotics-detection dog are affirmed where the trial court properly denied motion to suppress over defendants' meritless claims that: 1) the prosecutor failed to prove the narcotics detection dog used to sniff the vehicle was reliable; 2) the alert of a narcotics detection dog standing alone did not establish probable cause for a warrantless search of the backpack in the bed of the pickup truck; and 3) the narcotics detection dog violated defendants' reasonable expectation of privacy when it sniffed inside the bed of the truck.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/25/2011
  • Published 07/25/2011

Judges

  • ROBIE

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

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