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Illegal Drug Searches

What are the Rules for Strip Searching?

by Ugur Nedim
“I removed my clothes one piece at a time as requested. When we had stripped down to our underwear in the street, we were searched. I honestly felt the only way to prevent the search becoming more intrusive or sexual...

Is a Positive Indication by a Sniffer Dog Enough for Police to Search You? Part 2: Applying Empirical Data

by Ugur Nedim
In Part 1 of this series, we outlined the law relating to ‘reasonable suspicion’. To re-cap, the law says that police can only search you for drugs if they have a ‘suspicion on reasonable grounds’ that you have drugs on...

Is a Positive Indication by a Sniffer Dog Enough for Police to Search You? Part 1: “Reasonable Suspicion”

by Ugur Nedim
We have posted numerous articles and videos about the fact that police cannot undertake random or arbitrary searches upon people – they must have a ‘suspicion on reasonable grounds’ before performing a search. This two-part blog aims to answer the...

Drug Detection Dogs Reportedly Providing False Leads

by Ugur Nedim
It has been revealed that the majority of strip searches by police based on indications from drug detection dogs do not result in any drugs being found. Government data obtained by the NSW Greens and reported in the media reveals...

Drugs and the white collar sector

by Ugur Nedim
A record number of 86,918 drug seizures were made in Australia according to the latest Illicit Drug Data Report by the Australian Crime Commission. But not all of these will make front page headlines or prime time news. The population...

Police Drug Dogs and Your Rights if They Touch You

by Ugur Nedim
Police drug dogs are a common sight at airports, music festivals and at any number of other places or events where police believe that there is a chance people may be carrying illegal drugs. The law states that police aren’t...

Sniffer Dogs: Providing a Factual Basis for Suspicion

by Ugur Nedim
In order for police to legally search a person, premises or vehicle for drugs, they need to have a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that an illegal substance has been concealed. If police don’t have a factual basis for suspicion and they search...

R v Rondo – Reasonable Suspicion Explained

by Ugur Nedim
Contrary to popular belief, police officers are not allowed to just randomly search people, vehicles and premises for drugs, unless they have a good reason to believe that someone is in possession of an illegal substance. If you have been...

Sniffer Dogs and ‘Reasonable Suspicion’

by Ugur Nedim
Our video and Blog post below talks about Sniffer Dogs and ‘Reasonable Suspicion’. The media recently reported that 4 out of 5 people who are indicated by drug dogs to be in possession of illegal drugs, do not actually possess drugs...

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