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Top Md. court: A sniff inside a car constitutes a ‘search’

The Courts of Appeal builiding in Annapolis. (File)

Motorists pulled over during routine traffic stops have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the interior of their cars such that police officers must have probable cause, reasonable suspicion or reasonably fear for the public’s immediate safety before they stick their noses in the car and smell evidence of drug use, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled.

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