Court Nixes DEA Search Techniques
Search techniques used ataiiports to halt hijackings are no longer transferable to the DENs fight against cross-country drug trafficking. According to the U.S. District Coutt for easlem. Michigan, "the nation's drug problem does not directly threaten the fabric of society in the same way that air piracy does, and the DENs airport search program based on courier profiles, must meet traditional Fouith Amendment standards:'
The DENs so-called drug courier profile is based on various characteristics developed by DEA personnel working with airline ticket agents trained by the DEA to spot suspicious individuals. Until the Michigan decision, suspects were detained, questioned in a relatively secluded area of the aiipon and arrested if the DEA felt their suspicions and information constiui ted probable cause.
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