Many St. Louis residents consider themselves dog lovers. Dogs can provide companionship and joy to many, and they can be lifelong friends as a result. They can also be an effective tool used in an investigation by law enforcement.
Dogs are often utilized to sniff for drugs in a suspect's belongings. For instance, one man was recently arrested after a traffic stop in Missouri. Officers on the scene called in a K-9 unit, which resulted in the dog sniffing the man's vehicle. When the dog alerted, a search of the vehicle uncovered a quarter pound of methamphetamine. After the discovery, the man was arrested and is now facing charges of meth trafficking and conspiracy.
Cases like the above are not uncommon, as law enforcement often use dogs to help try to search a person's vehicle or belongings. These searches are often upheld as not being unconstitutional searches, because officers are utilizing the dog's senses to determine whether the smell of drugs can be detected.
This is not to say every search and seizure involving a dog sniff is constitutional, however. All circumstances must be examined, from the initial traffic stop itself, to the officers' search and discovery of alleged contraband, to the person's arrest and charges. Moreover, conspiracy charges often involve multiple individuals and multiple layers, as prosecutors attempt to hold one person accountable for the actions of another. Accordingly, individuals who are facing conspiracy charges should vigorously defend themselves against the charges, after a full examination of the circumstances of the case.
Source: WHIG, "Liberty man arrested for meth trafficking, conspiracy," June 5, 2014