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    DEA Can Track Pot Growers With Mobile Devices

    <p ="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em;">A US Federal court says the Drug Enforcement Administration has the right to attach mobile tracking devices to the vehicles of suspected marijuana growers.[/p]
    <p ="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em;">A 9th Circuit appeals court in Portland Oregon upheld a guilty verdict of marijuana manufacturing and conspiracy against Juan Pineda-Moreno, who appealed the courts decision on grounds his constitutional rights were violated by DEA agents who attached small electronic transmitters to his SUV on multiple occasions to track his movements.[/p]
    <p ="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em;">According to court documents, a DEA special agent "noticed a group of men purchasing a large quantity of fertilizer from a Home Depot" on May 28, 2007 and followed Pineda-Moreno's 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee as it left the store, "recognizing the fertilizer as a type frequently used to grow marijuana."[/p]
    <p ="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em;">In June, agents learned the men had "purchased large quantities of groceries, irrigation equipment, and deer repellant at several stores" and traveled in Pineda-Moreno's Jeep. After learning the Pineda-Moreno's address, the DEA intensified their investigation.[/p]
    <p ="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em;">"Over a four-month period, agents repeatedly monitored Pineda-Moreno's Jeep using various types of mobile tracking devices," court's opinion papers say. "Each device was about the size of a bar of soap and had a magnet affixed to its side, allowing it to be attached to the underside of a car."[/p]
    <p ="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em;">"Agents installed these devices on the underside of Pineda-Moreno's Jeep on seven different occasions. On four of these occasions, the vehicle was parked on a public street in front of Pineda-Moreno's home. On one occasion, it was located in a public parking lot. On the other two occasions, the Jeep was parked in Pineda-Moreno's driveway, a few feet from the side of his trailer. The driveway leading up to the trailer was open; agents did not observe any fence, gate, or 'No Trespassing' signs indicating that they were not to enter the property. [...] Once in place, the tracking devices recorded and logged the precise movements of the vehicle. Some of these devices permitted agents to access the information remotely, while others required them to remove the device from the vehicle and download the information directly."[/p]
    <p ="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em;">On September 12, 2007, DEA agents pulled Pineda-Moreno's vehicle over after received information from one of the devices indicating he was leaving a suspected grow show. Agents said they smelled marijuana, though none was found in the vehicle or on Pineda-Moreno and his three passengers. After contacting immigration authorities, who arrested the three other men, DEA agents searched Pineda-Moreno's home and found two garbage bags full of pot.[/p]
    <p ="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em;">The court ruled that Pineda-Moreno' could not show "that the agents invaded an area in which he possessed a reasonable expectation of privacy when they walked up his driveway and attached the tracking device to his vehicle. Because the agents did not invade such an area, they conducted no search, and Pineda-Moreno can assert no Fourth Amendment violation."[/p]
    <p ="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em;">"Pineda-Moreno makes no claim that the agents used the tracking devices to intrude into a constitutionally protected area," Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain said in the court decision. "The only information the agents obtained from the tracking devices was a log of the locations where Pineda-Moreno's car traveled, information the agents could have obtained by following the car. Insofar as [Pineda-Moreno's] complaint appears to be simply that scientific devices such as the [tracking devices] enabled the police to be more effective in detecting crime, it simply has no constitutional foundation. We have never equated police efficiency with unconstitutionality and decline to do so now." [...] We conclude that the police did not conduct an impermissible search of Pineda-Moreno's car by monitoring its location with mobile tracking devices."[/p]

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    hum... that doesnt seen one sided at all does it?

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    i read the whole thing, thats part of looking at threads, if you dont read the whole thing that defeats the purpose

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    It is crazy, and they can keep doing things like this as much as they want to.

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    The feds do what ever they want and have been for a very long time.The dumbass that bought the manure forgot about the the little situation that happened in oklahoma in which Timothy mcveigh used a shitload of manure to blow up that federal building.Ever since then the govt. has been tracking huge quantities of purchased manure.Also in this "age of terror" ,shit like that does not go un-noticed.I bet this started off as a homeland security issue but the more and more they investigated they found out what he was really doing.So in thier reports they probably had to change thier reason for investigating in the first place,because if they admitted that it started off as a terrorist issue it wouldnt hold up in court.Investing this much time and money just for a couple of trash bags of bud seems a little over board dont you think???

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    ill give and AMEN to that

    Quote Originally Posted by Dukecityspecialist
    The feds do what ever they want and have been for a very long time.The dumbass that bought the manure forgot about the the little situation that happened in oklahoma in which Timothy mcveigh used a shitload of manure to blow up that federal building.Ever since then the govt. has been tracking huge quantities of purchased manure.Also in this "age of terror" ,shit like that does not go un-noticed.I bet this started off as a homeland security issue but the more and more they investigated they found out what he was really doing.So in thier reports they probably had to change thier reason for investigating in the first place,because if they admitted that it started off as a terrorist issue it wouldnt hold up in court.Investing this much time and money just for a couple of trash bags of bud seems a little over board dont you think???

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    oh and if they didnt find anything in his car what did they get the warrent to search his house?

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    i make all kinda moves in the hottest spot down here ... FUCK THE POLICE AND THE DEA (nigga)

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    better watch it, the DEA is watching you. lol

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    oh yea? then why are you on here so much?

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    i make all kinda moves in the hottest spot down here ... FUCK THE POLICE AND THE DEA (nigga)

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