Fourth Amendment Rights: Lawful to search between buttocks?

15 11 2007

Case name: Maryland v. Paulino
Issue: Whether the Fourth Amendment permits police to search for drugs hidden between a suspect’s buttocks cheeks during an arrest.
On September 29, 2000 Detective Elliot Latchaw, and other members o f the Baltimore
County Police Department received information from a confidential informant who told them
that later that evening petitioner, John August Paulino (“Paulino”), would be in the 1100
block of North Point Road, Dundalk, Maryland, and would be in possession of a quantity of
controlled dangerous substance. The informant also advised the police tha t Paulino typically
hides the controlled dangerous substance in the area of his buttocks. Acting on the
information provided by the informant, the police established surveillance in the 1100 block
of North Po int Road.

This Petition might reach the Supreme Court. The Court of Maryland decided that it was lawful.

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