Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
January 6, 2012
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United States Supreme Court Decides to Review Florida Supreme Court’s Ruling in Drug-Sniffing Dog Case

TALLAHASSEE—Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court’s decision today to review the Florida case involving a dog drug-sniff outside of a Miami home, which the Florida Supreme Court found to be an illegal search.

"The use by law enforcement of drug-sniffing dogs in detecting drugs and dangerous substances is essential in protecting all of us from the drugs and other chemical substances that exist in our communities,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “We believe that law enforcement needs this critical, constitutionally authorized tool as part of its crime detection arsenal to ensure our communities are safe. With a favorable Supreme Court decision on this matter, we can resolve this issue and continue to allow law enforcement use of this invaluable tool and stop the drug grow houses and other dangerous drug activities from creeping into our neighborhoods.”

Attorney General Pam Bondi requested that the U.S. Supreme Court review the Florida Supreme Court’s decision on: whether a dog sniff at the front door of a marijuana grow house is a Fourth Amendment search requiring probable cause; and whether the officer’s conduct during the investigation of the grow house, including waiting outside the house awaiting a search warrant is, itself, a Fourth Amendment search.