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Meth bust at rest stop in Dunnigan

If our Roseville readers feel like they are seeing more and more stories involving meth busts, they just might be right. Most people know that methamphetamine use has been on the rise over the last several years, which has in turn prompted law enforcement agencies to begin to target those individuals involved in the manufacturing and sale of this highly addictive drug. But, according to a recent article, an incident that led to the arrest of four people on September 8 didn't take a whole lot of police work.

The reports indicate that Yolo County Sheriff's Deputies noticed a vehicle at a rest stop near Dunnigan, which is about an hour drive northwest of Roseville. It appears that the deputies' attention was drawn to the vehicle because they allegedly detected the scent of marijuana. The encounter occurred at about 11:15 at night.

When the deputies requested permission to search the vehicle, permission was allegedly granted by the vehicle's occupants. By the time the search of the vehicle was completed, the deputies had allegedly uncovered about 446 grams of methamphetamine. The four individuals in the vehicle are now facing a variety of drug-related charges.

Police searches involve something with which many people are unfamiliar: their constitutional rights. For instance, in this case, the sheriff's deputies asked for permission to search the vehicle - something they have every right to ask. However, the occupants of the vehicle were in no way required to grant permission. The constitutional aspect of this case would have required the deputies to apply for and receive a search warrant in order to legally search the car, if the occupants had simply refused to agree to a voluntary search.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Four arrested at Dunnigan rest stop after methamphetamine found in vehicle," Cathy Locke, Sept. 10, 2013

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