Supreme Court: Drug search unwarranted
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has sided with a man who said police did not have a warrant or consent to search him for drugs.
The high court has reversed a Pennington County ruling that denied Gene Kaline’s attempt to suppress evidence, specifically three bags of methamphetamine that was found in his pockets in Rapid City in September 2016. The Argus Leader says the arresting officer had testified that Kaline consented to the search.
Kaline served eight days of a suspended sentence in jail. The state Supreme Court ruled prosecutors failed to prove that Kaline had consented to the search. It said the search was done without a warrant or reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.
Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com