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Colorado OKs Fake Checkpoints for Drugs
    #1819373 - 08/16/03 10:17 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/National/AP.V6405.AP-Fake-Checkpoint.html

Colorado OKs Fake Checkpoints for Drugs

DENVER (AP)--Colorado police can set up fake checkpoints in hopes of sniffing out illegal drugs, an appeals court ruled in a case where camouflage-clad officers spied on fans during a bluegrass festival in 2000.

Thursday's ruling, which reversed an earlier finding, was based on a federal appeals court decision last year in a similar case in Oklahoma.

Police at the Telluride festival had posted signs along the road saying, ``Narcotics checkpoint, one mile ahead'' and ``Narcotics canine ahead.'' Officers wearing camouflage hid on a hill and watched for any people who turned around or appeared to toss drugs out of their windows after seeing the signs.

Police pulled over Stephen Roth, 60, for littering after they found a marijuana pipe tossed from his window. Two other pipes and mushrooms were found in a search of his car.

The appeals court said that while drug checkpoints are illegal _ because motorists are stopped at random and without reasonable suspicion of committing a crime--the discovery of the first pipe gave the officers probable cause to stop Roth's vehicle.

Roth's lawyer said he planned to appeal.

Sheriff Jerry Martin said his department conducted four fake checkpoint operations before suspending them because of the lawsuit. The operation will probably be reinstated, he said.

``We didn't dream it would be that effective. I'm telling you, they tossed stuff out of there that you couldn't believe,'' Martin said.

In the Oklahoma case, Mack Flynn saw checkpoint warning signs in Muskogee County, quickly got off the interstate and dropped a large sack by the roadside. The 10th Circuit agreed with his lawyers that checkpoints are illegal but ultimately ruled against him because there really weren't any checkpoints.

``The posting of signs to create a ruse does not constitute illegal police activity,'' that court said.



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Re: Colorado OKs Fake Checkpoints for Drugs [Re: motaman]
    #1819418 - 08/16/03 11:21 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Wow, fake checkpoints? Correct me if Im wrong, but couldnt that be considered entrapment?


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Re: Colorado OKs Fake Checkpoints for Drugs [Re: motaman]
    #1819910 - 08/16/03 03:40 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

That's totally sh*tty (IMO).

And the sh*ttiest thing about it (IMO), is that the coppers are using concerts and festivals (MUSIC) as a reason to Make people get busted, sneaky f*ckers (it's just wrong IMO).

It scares people away from music, and music is such a beautiful thing to scare people away from going.

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Re: Colorado OKs Fake Checkpoints for Drugs [Re: motaman]
    #1820264 - 08/16/03 05:37 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

.....those bastards


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Re: Colorado OKs Fake Checkpoints for Drugs [Re: Hans_Moleman]
    #1821348 - 08/17/03 12:06 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

<----Sticks up a drug search sign, and waits by the edje of the road. :grin: But thats straight shitty


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Re: Colorado OKs Fake Checkpoints for Drugs [Re: resin]
    #1823178 - 08/17/03 05:08 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Wtf has the usa come too.. my main goal in life is to get enough money to move OUT of the usa .. god damn


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Re: Colorado OKs Fake Checkpoints for Drugs [Re: Fungushungry]
    #1824119 - 08/17/03 10:19 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Amen to that!


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Re: Colorado OKs Fake Checkpoints for Drugs [Re: DellComputers]
    #1825362 - 08/18/03 08:45 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I am pretty sure the Supreme Court tossed this type of thing out the window a few years ago. Does anybody know for certain? Hmm... have to do some digging.


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Re: Colorado OKs Fake Checkpoints for Drugs [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #1825531 - 08/18/03 10:55 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Bill Hicks said it best, if you don't like drugs, toss all your CDs, tapes, records, into the garbage. Drugs have influenced music in many ways.


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