The Ohio State Highway Patrol has recently placed a greater emphasis on
anti-drug efforts and instituted tougher enforcement standards on drug
crimes. While the results have spoken for themselves in terms of a record
number of seizures of dangerous substances, such as heroin and opiates,
the methods have not been without controversy.
Attorney Ian Friedman
recently weighed in on the matter to the Associated Press on the issue, having defended a client who was deemed to have been unreasonably searched
merely because his car had an out-of-state plate. Said Attorney Friedman,
“"We really see it with baseless stops that are nothing more
than a pretext to have the vehicles and occupants searched for drugs.”
In the case, Judge John Miraldi found it suspicious that half of the drugs
seized by one particular two-trooper team over the last 12 months came
from cars with these out-of-state plates. In his initial decision, he
wrote “These facts alone present concerns to this court that perhaps
this 'team' so charged and so successful, may be using traffic
stops as a pretext for searches and seizures.” As a result of this
decision, more than 200 pounds of marijuana were suppressed as evidence,
deemed to be unlawfully obtained via a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Police have hailed the program for its successes. Troopers confiscated
over 150 pounds of heroin in the 2016 year, an increase of nearly 300
percent. Patrol Lieutenant Robert Sellers stated “Our No. 1 job
is to protect the public. It's to preserve life, and especially with
the drug epidemic to stop the drugs wreaking havoc on our communities
The Ohio patrol efforts have since become a model for other agencies across
the country, which could lead to more cases like this one handled by Attorney Friedman.
Have you been arrested and charged with a drug crime, such as trafficking,
possession, sale, or manufacturing? Don’t face your prosecution
without assistance from an experienced Cleveland criminal defense attorney.
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