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Marijuana profiling in Nebraska leads to two-hour search of Colorado dad, kids


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Deputy Jason Mayo likens tracking down illegal pot to finding a needle in a haystack.
As this was going on, the dad says he asked one of the officers "why they were wasting so much energy and effort on me."

"When we see a nice vehicle with Colorado tags, it instantly makes us start watching you," he quotes the trooper as saying. "And then we noticed how young you looked, which was another red flag. You were ultimately speeding, which is why you were stopped, and those circumstantial facts are why we obtained permission from you to search."

The reference to physical appearance also jibes with other profiling tales we've been told. For instance, Westword writer Chester is young, bearded and wears his hair long.

In the end, the police canines didn't find any drugs -- but they did locate something else of interest. "The officers also found it keen to open up a box of Milk Bones I had in the back seat for my own dogs, and gave their K9 officer a treat," the dad says.

After this ordeal was finally over, the father says he talked to "several Omaha city cops" about what happened, and they "indicated that when they have a slow night or they are training new officers, Colorado tags are almost always an instant, usually drug-related ticket of some sort."

This anecdote suggests that officers in Nebraska enjoy it when Coloradans cross the state line. But the dad isn't convinced. In his words, "I have no doubt if they couldn't be subjected to lawsuits for profiling, they would openly tell people in Colorado to stay out."

Here's the aforementioned "drug pipeline" report from TV 10/11, sister channels based in Lincoln and Grand Island, Nebraska.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana profiling: Coloradans should ditch weed before state line, says Kansas attorney."


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Pamela Millard Priest
Pamela Millard Priest

I will be driving north to Idaho in a month... anyone heard about WY or Idaho problems? I'll probably go through a little bit of UT too.

Matt Porter
Matt Porter

Diane, when officers make traffic stops they need probable cause to do any further searches. Acting nervous or combative or refusing a search gives them probable cause because someone with nothing to hide would have no reason to refuse a search. It is a loophole they are trained to use. It's bullshit but unfortunately they use this tactic all of the time. If you are trying to hide something act like the most open, calm and friendly person in the world. If you aren't hiding anything get your phone out and start recording everything. Tell them you are recording them, ask them to state their name, badge number, and contact their supervisor, refuse to be searched, and make them work hard to progress each step until they give up. Stay calm and stick to the facts or else you could be looking at assault. I am done letting these so called peace officers operate illegally. My dad was and officer and I have been through federal law enforcement training. There is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. Cops used to operate under the spirit of the law being why was this law passed in the first place, what was its intended purpose. Now you usually see cops operating under the letter of the law being what can I throw at this person to write bigger tickets, make bigger arrests, and make the municipality that I work for more money. Unfortunately it IS turning into a police state and we are being stripped of our rights. It is our responsibility to demand them be restored, but we are a nation divided, diluted and distracted.

Matt Porter
Matt Porter

I got pulled over in Globe, AZ doing 48 in a 55. The officer said I was speeding. I know I wasn't because my Honda has a digital readout that never got over 48. When I got lit up I even said to my girlfriend, "why am I getting pulled over? I'm not speeding." The officer asked me to get out of the car and proceeded to ask a battery of questions trying to make me nervous and trip up. He asked at least 3 times if I had any drugs in the car. Finally let me go with a warning. I believe it was all because I had CO plates and he thought I might be running drugs. What a jerk! If I had showed any sign of being nervous or argumentative I'm sure he would have kept me there to bring in K-9 and search the car which probably would have taken forever.

Dianeosaurus Rex
Dianeosaurus Rex

It sea like people say to say "I don't consent to a search" but then get searched anyway because the cops think you have something to hide. How does that work exactly?

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

Don't give you're guns. We may well need them one day. This story is just the tip of the iceberg regarding rights violations.

Nathan Conway
Nathan Conway

I was pulled over twice in Kansas (Dec. of 2011) headed east from Colorado on a road trip (Colorado Tags)... both stops within 45 minutes of each other. Both were for made up reasons and I was given written warnings. Both resulted in an intense interrogation of myself and passenger (brother), and my car being searched. I remember back in the day when I used to live in America.

Chriss Hoffman
Chriss Hoffman

While in AZ I was pulled over due to an "obstructed license plate" the edge of the frame touched the design on the plate. They asked for consent to search. I refused, that gave them probable cause to call a drug introduction dog they said. 30 minutes later dog shows up circles my car twice. I'm informed the dog has signaled an indication of narcotics present, and a full vehicle search is to commence. They found 6 legal Tylenol codeine pills in a labeled pill container I had from some dental work. The police removed the back seat, panelling inside the car and trunk. Took another hour to put the car back together repack my gear. Total time they wasted 3.5 hours, border patrol (2 units) and 3 police cars, with 5 officers, and later in the stop 2 different highway patrol units stopped by to "hang out" We are living in a police state today in America. No wonder with the most corrupt Department of Justice in recent memory, an out of control DHS - making up laws as they see fit to do so and the almost worthless TSA. Freedom? Not so much anymore.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

After reading it a second time I see that this happened in April of 2012. Long before we passed A64.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Half...did you bother to read the article? "According to the dad, corresponding via e-mail, he was visiting relatives in the Cornhusker state for Easter..." Know which state is the Cornhusker state? Nebraska. Why was he going there? To visit relatives. lol The same could be said about every state to our east (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas). Problem is they're directly in the way if you're going anywhere beyond them. How do you propose driving around them?

Malcolm Campbell
Malcolm Campbell

America has never been a country of United States. If you believed that then its your fought. Your not free and the States are not United and have never been. You can get the same problems driving overseas. I'm not surprised. Americans are stupid.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

Film every police encounter, and tell them you are filming...then tell them you do not consent to any search of your person or vehicle.

Beau Davis
Beau Davis

Just another reason to never go to Nebraska.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

Who the f*ck would willingly drive to that shithole of a state anyway?

Travis Burns
Travis Burns

so should people just start dressing like cops to drive thru other states?

Johnny Genova
Johnny Genova

Yes and I had sold a dirt bike, had the cash from the sale and the cops stopped me. Searched my car the dog found the money and they took it. Called a lawyer and would've actually spent another 1000$ to get it back. They are all pieces of shit out there.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

Mark is dead on right. We have rights. Know them and use them and when and if they're disregarded, file complaints and send letters, repeatedly. Sue if you can but that's seldom an option.

Mark Ewell
Mark Ewell

He consented to the search. That doesn't make it right, but learn this phrase and repeat it liberally: "I'm not consenting to any searches."

Michael Moore
Michael Moore

Utah has road blocks on the Interstates where they check everybody...

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

Yes. These hicks are setting up an illegal militia on i80 and i70. It is against the law.

Michael Moore
Michael Moore

Looks like those of us with Washington plates best spend our vacation dollars at home...

Mozart99
Mozart99

Always preferred Kansas when heading east anyway. Nice rest areas, free coffee. And you have to doing a lot more than two miles over the limit to get stopped.

HB420
HB420

If that was me and I was completely clean I would have never ever given them permission to search my vehicle. They need PROBABLE CAUSE to do that, and speeding does not justify them searching your car for anything.  Know your rights people, if you are being pulled over by LEO you have NO OBLIGATION to let them search your car. If you are truly clean then make them work do not just submit to their insanity

DonkeyHotayy
DonkeyHotayy

My online name is DonkeyHotay. Im a complete moron who quite clearly has no life whatsoever outside of obsessively posting replies to comments on an online local entertainment magazine. I eat my own snot, and I have never experienced sexual relations with anybody aside from my own hand, cucumbers, and cold cream. I am a loser of the highest capacity, spending every last free minute I have online, arguing with people that I dont know, and being as insulting as possible with anybody who disagrees with me. This is my life. This is my *whole* life. Im a pathetic, self-important miscreant that just doesnt know when enough is enough. Please watch as I become increasingly more and more pathetic with every reply. Yes, Im very alone, and very much a loser. A seriously ridiculous loser.

quackhead
quackhead

Translation:

Officer - "You were going 2 mph over the speed limit with colorado plates so I'm authorized to harrass you.  Normally I'd overlook you but I have a hardon for people from colorado.  While I have you stopped would you mind if I violate you in front of your family?"

Moron - "Sure officer."

Officer - "Ok, I'll call my friends and we'll go to town on you."

Moron - "boohoohoo" 

quackhead
quackhead

It's not rape if you consent to sex.  It's not a violation of your rights if you consent to a search.  Consent means agreement.  You agreed to be violated and got what was agreed upon.  What's the problem?

Ben Beeby
Ben Beeby

When the police ask to search your vehicle, tell them no. Tell them to look up the fouth amendment. That was the textbook example of an unreasonable search.

Sarah Elizabeth Korus
Sarah Elizabeth Korus

Wow...an out of state license plate being searched in Omaha. I'm shocked. I saw this all the time...probably why when I lived there I never got pulled over!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 ""My 'offense' was driving 67 in a 65 [zone], two miles per hour over the limit," he writes."

Where's that douchebag Cognitive_Dissonance who claims he deliberately speeds in a delusional attempt to "avoid" suspicion ? ... and that people with dope should grant consent to search if they think their dope is really well hidden, foolishly thinking the cops won't bring the K9 if they submit.

LOL! 

cdndenver
cdndenver

@Matt Porter I am a retired cop your comment "refusing a search gives them probable cause because someone with nothing to hide would have no reason to refuse a search. It is a loophole they are trained to use." Is completely false. Refusing a search is not PC and can not be used to establish PC. There is no loophole as you claim. I was a sheriff deputy as well as an officer in the Coast Guard (a federal law enforcement agency) in a law enforcement unit. So your claims that your dad was an officer and you have federal law enforcement training is bunk. 

cdndenver
cdndenver

@Diane Overbye it does not. The other comment that refusal to a search is a loophole that gives them PC to do a search is BS. I am a retired cop. Refusal to answer questions or to permit a search is not and can not be used to establish PC to do a search.

spiggy66
spiggy66

@Mozart99 They profile too. I was stopped for swerving  in Oakley mi marker 50. It was windy and gusts were making everyone swerve .. the officer stopped me for swerving and then  asked for consent to search --I told him to go ahead -I do not travel with mj . Then a few hours later I was stopped west of Hays --this time for "following a truck too closely" 

funny thing about that though is I had just been reading an article on the 9 most annoying bad driving habits and one of them was being too close to the car in front of you. So I was literally thinking I have to stay 7 an half car lengths behind this truck at the time I was stopped. So I  knew it was BS . I was asked for and gave consent again. both times given a warning after a 10 minute search of the vehicle.

 so yes --they will make up reasons to stop you. I was going the speed limit , had and had my seat belt on --and I didnt swerve out of the lane or tailgate a truck.


spiggy66
spiggy66

@HB420 it will just waste your time. and they will have a nasty attitude toward you. giving up the right not to be searched when you have nothing ti hide is just asking for trouble. Not a smnart way to go. 


 its better to outsmart the cops rather than try and fight them where they have the advantage.

spiggy66
spiggy66

@quackhead theyll really go to town on you and your family if you get snotty like donkey.

trying to beat them on their terms is as stupid as one can be.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@quackhead  ... they've grown accustomed to the Fist of Regulation violating their quivering sphincters ... and like a Battered Wife willingly return to their abusers for more "love".

*** Regulation Works!  ... Resistance is Futile ... OBEY your Government Masters! ***

spiggy66
spiggy66

@DonkeyHotay they will stop you anyway if you look wrong. its best to fit in --thats what hes trying ti get across to your lame ass.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = idiot, one-note-johnny. 

Thinks A64 is to blame for it being cold outside in the winter.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... you're projecting again, loser. A64 isn't even mentioned in either of the above comments.

You = reading comprehension FAIL! ... typical.

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