I was pulled over for what started as a routine traffic stop. Cop asked me to search the vehicle due to “my passenger was a known drug dealer” (not true..he’s never been arrested so he doesn’t have any drug charges, never been a drug dealer.) & I “left a well known drug area” (I picked my passenger up from his girlfriend’s house, low income housing, this whole town is a known drug area...not just that spot..) Also, the car I was driving was not mine, when I gave the cop the registration out of the glove box I was later informed by the owner that it was not current or the correct registration (that was elsewhere in the vehicle, the car was just bought by the owner from his brother). Was any part of this search legal or justified??
You said that the cop asked you if he/she could search the vehicle. Did you say yes? If you did, there is no legal issue here - the police can legally do whatever you give them permission to do (unless permission was coerced). If you said no, it sounds like an illegal search, in which case you should consult a civil rights attorney.
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