As far as a dog indicating on Narcotics, check your local laws, but in my area when a dog hits on a car the officer can make a few decisions. #1
Search Warrant #2
Consent Search(You Can Decline) #3
Let you continue on. Sounds like the Trooper should have chosen #3
in your case.
The odor of burnt marijuana isn't enough for more than a Consent Search around here. You would have to articulate fresh unburned marijuana. As far as other drugs, meth pipes, baggies etc aid in PC.
The fact of the matter is most cops ARE trying to get drugs off the road. There are cops overdosing/dying from just touching or inhaling certain synthetic heroin on searches. Seems like a big price to pay for a pinch.
Yeah, it just sucks since, unless the person being pulled over is also law enforcement or a lawyer or otherwise familiar with K9 unit behavior, you have no idea what is supposed
to happen or what the consequences are for denying a search, etc.
And yeah, with fentanyl going around, I don't doubt how dangerous the drug searching has become.
Im from Texas and Ill say Texas Troopers are one of the baddest cops out there. As in training and just standard of being in law enforcement. They are also one of the lowest paid of the states law enforcement.
I think just like the military some of the badassness goes to their head and they want to be the best or be number 1. Maybe that was this guy. Trying to get his record stop or has never had a "bad stop." Only think this because he did not apologize (seems self indulged.)
I have had my run-ins with about every law enforcement officer where I reside lol Probably not the best driving record lol But it is nothing wild. Ive had some assholes and I will say I was an asshole (young and in the army) but only because I felt like I was not in the wrong. I learned quickly that with respect to them it comes in return and it got easier. BUT there was still cops who were assholes and pulled me over with a infraction that was obviously a last minute find as they walked up to my car.
But my interactions with Troopers as always been great. I think either because of my military ID or NOW that I carry my Conceal Carry License with me. (I am usually speeding) They always let me off with a warning and "Have a good day and slow down." The one time I got to talk to a trooper who pulled over to turn his lights on while I was changing a flat tire. Ive changed many flat tires and this Guy has been the only one who has done that for me. Well to me it was chit chat but maybe he was trying to get info out of me but I was to busying trying to change this tire. Well I asked what area he patrols and he told me about 200 miles of this part of the highway, Him and another officer who usually go opposite ways and meet for lunch in the middle. I was like damn! must get pretty boring, "nah not really, People love to speed." But 200 miles of west TEXAS is EFFIN boring to me and maybe this guy was bored, either he wanted to kill some time or actually had a hutch. I am sorry for your interaction from him and from someone who is from Texas it sucks to leave another state with a bad taste in your mouth.
Sorry so long but just wanted to give me .02 on something I know well being pulled over a lot lol Maybe not the best to be an expert in but if it helps. I will always treat a cop with respect and courtesy because at the end of the day we just want to go home.
Oh, I'm a born and bred Texan, buddy! I spent the first 27 years of my life in the state and lived in every major metropolitan area at some point or another.
And as you can see from my responses, I was super respectful and patient with the officers and I always am (granted, it could be assumed I'm full of shit and my friend and I were actually dicks the whole time since this is just "one side of the story", but all I've got is my word and I'm being truthful in regards to how the events played out here). This experience won't change how I treat police officers in the future, but it doesn't help my nerves and suspicion of being potentially screwed over for no reason in the future.
---------- Post added at 09:34 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:28 AM ----------
Yeah, it's bullshit.
Not 100% sure how I'd have handled it. Probably about the same as you. I know this is armchair quarterbacking, but knowing what the officer is up to, I'd like to think I'd have been direct with him.
When he asks about searching...
"Look man, I was driving below the speed limit due to the cross winds here. I have been nothing but cooperative with you. My story checks out, my friend and I aren't lying to you, we're honest, respectable people, just having a nice little camping adventure and delivering a van for a friend. The headlights suck on this thing, and we're trying to get where we're going to stop before dark. You and I both know there's no drugs in there, my career depends on me being drug free. I'm nervous as hell because I'm in the middle of nowhere Texas in the seat of a police cruiser. Obviously you don't see me as a threat because I'm up front with you, not in the back. So I know I can't stop you from using the K9 to "alert" giving you an excuse to dig through the van, but why don't we both save each other some time and just send me on my way with the warning for the temporary tag and we can both have a nice day?"
But, again that's me thinking on it for a few days, can't say I'd have been able to get that out in the car, or that it would have helped.
LOL! See, that's why I wish I was more confident and witty in unexpected face-to-face interactions. Instead I would have stuttered and stumbled through the whole speech and probably come off as even more suspicious and then gotten whacked across the face with a maglite (just kidding). If it was my friend driving, it probably would have played out like that because he's much more level-headed in stressful situations. That's why I feel like the officer was giving me the impression that he was happy the more nervous guy was driving.
That's why I put so much effort into my written communication, because I blow at verbal communication, especially with people I don't know and in standard stressful situations.
But yeah, that's another reason I was nervous because I was worried my friend was gonna be pissed about wasting so much of our time but he was understanding and knew that I was going to be tripping out (we've been friends for like 15+ years - he was my best man at my wedding) and knew that this was just a lose-lose situation. I'm just a pretty bad worrier (as can be seen from this ordeal haha)