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Judge Dismisses Charges in 'Sniff Test' Case
A judge has dismissed charges in a drug case in which an Alaska State Trooper claimed he smelled marijuana from across a swamp.
ANCHORAGE- A judge has dismissed charges in a drug case in which an Alaska State Trooper claimed he smelled marijuana from across a swamp.
The case was dismissed because of a defective search warrant and not because of the officer's testimony.
Trooper Kyle Young used the odor he claimed to have detected and a check of electricity records to obtain a search warrant for a couple's home west of Wasilla. Officers found hundreds of marijuana plants on the property.
A judge decided that Young testified truthfully but last month ruled the search warrant did not cover buildings more than 100 yards away from the home that were not on the same electric meter.
That meant evidence seized could not be used in the case.