Md. high court weighs whether handcuffs constitute detention or arrest

Search of unarmed suspect’s hotel room yielded more than 100 grams of cocaine

A public defender and an assistant Maryland attorney general battled at the state’s top court Thursday over whether keeping an unarmed, illegal-drug suspect handcuffed in a Baltimore County parking lot constituted an unlawful arrest that should invalidate the subsequent discovery of more than 100 grams of cocaine in his hotel room.

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