By Tristan Bridges, The College at Brockport, State
University of New York
and Tara Tober,
University of Virgina
Drug-sniffing dogs are becoming more and more
ubiquitous. Dogs are often one line of
defense against possessing drugs in public.
They help law enforcement identify people with drugs in airports,
schools, and other public spaces. The
use of dogs relies on a collective understanding that carrying drugs in public,
even if you are discrete about it, should not be allowed. Various drugs are illegal to use, distribute,
and even possess. Yet, we also know that
many people do use, distribute, and carry drugs. So, the question becomes, when can people
reasonably expect privacy from law enforcement?
Or perhaps more appropriately, where?