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N. Idaho attorney challenging use of drug dog in arrest

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Posted at 11:32 AM, Jun 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-25 13:32:56-04

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- A northern Idaho defense attorney says using a drug dog at a traffic stop is overreaching and illegal.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that attorney Joanna McFarland argued Thursday that her client should have been released after Lewiston police officers cleared him of driving under the influence last summer.

McFarland says that police instead detained the 43-year-old Michael Parkins while waiting for a drug dog to pursue another investigation despite having no reasonable suspicion that her client had any controlled substances on him.

According to police, a drug dog alerted officers of possible drugs inside the car. Police say they found two ounces of methamphetamine in a nylon bag stuffed down Parkins' pants.

Second District Judge Jay P. Gaskill is currently taking the motion under consideration.