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State Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Police In Normal

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:24:16 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

A man who concealed cocaine inside a bottle of hair gel should expect it to be searched when Police arrest him in Normal. That's according to a State Supreme Court ruling in a McLean County case dating back to 2009. Officers met Carlos Cregan at the Amtrak Station wiith a warrant for failing to pay child support. After the arrest they searched his luggage and found drugs. Cregan cried foul...saying the search was unconstitutional because it had nothing to do with the child support warrant. Prosecutors argued Cregan was a known gang member and they are entitled to search property under his control during an arrest. Cregan's lawyers say that rule is intended to apply to warrantless searches for weapons and only items on the arrestee's person, not luggage. Two justices dissented from the ruling arguing that it cuts against other established case law and goes too far in allowing searches.

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