Massachusetts Court Allows Dope Search of Any Person Present

A warrant to search a suspected heroin dealers apartment and "any persons present" was upheld as not overly vague by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Couit on May 24.The court agreed witli the defense that in most cases such broad search authorization would violate the Fourth Amendment.. Nevert lie less, the majority of the judges ruled that "due to the nature of drug trafficking, any person in the apartment would probably be involved;' A dissenting minority opinion held that warrants for such searches are unconstitutional..

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