Highway Drug Checkpoints: Most Are Traps – Yet All Violate the 4th Amendment

Highway Drug Checkpoints: Most Are Traps – Yet All Violate the 4th Amendment

Conveniently these ‘Drug Checkpoint’ signs are placed within an attractively close proximity to the next exit, just after the ‘Drug Checkpoint’ sign appears.

The federal government’s unjust Marijuana prohibition has had many unfortunate outcomes leading to many violations of the average Americans Constitutional rights and civil liberties. One of the seedier, more notorious means of violating these liberties is the excessive use of “drug roadblocks”.

Witness the twisted and sick logic deployed on Friday night, November 16, 2012. It was at the 71.4 mile marker on Interstate 70, bordering the junction between Missouri Highway 65, the nearby Marshall/Sedalia exits. The Missouri State Highway Patrol had a little trick up their sleeve that evening waiting for some dazed and confused driver to fall victim to their fake “drug checkpoint roadblocks”. In order to make it believable the Missouri State Highway Patrol deployed several emergency flares, located on both sides of the of highway 65. In and amongst the many blinding road flares were hastily placed road orange signs stating “Drug Checkpoint Ahead” as well as an additional warning “Drug Dog on Duty”.

Despite all of the staged activity, there was absolutely no drug checkpoint ahead of any sort. Thiswas a contrived tactic which had unfortunately been permitted by our Courts system; regardless of the fact that these deceptive practices involved misleading the public and ultimately creating a nightmarish traffic scenario, which was beyond dangerous for those on the road that evening. Had the Missouri Highway Patrol bothered to check, they could have easily discovered that the United States Supreme Court ruled long ago, that this type of unreasonable search and seizures violates the Fourth Amendment’s.

The less than humorous aspect of this story is that the actual ‘Drug Checkpoint’ was not, and rarely is on the actual highway, as is threatened by the signs, but rather at the subsequent exit.

Conveniently these ‘Drug Checkpoint’ signs are placed within an attractively close proximity to the next exit, just after the ‘Drug Checkpoint’ sign appears. The crooked cops hope to scare, confuse and bewilder any would be stoners that are trying to traffic weed through their neck of the woods, into avoiding their roadblock… and head for that next exit. Those poor fools who fall victim to this scam are doing just as the cops intend. Inevitably the stopped motorists are witnessed committing some small-scale, minor traffic violation, thereby giving the police the reason they so desperately sought to stop these vicious criminals. Now that the proud and deceptive cops have access to the occupants, the grilling begins in earnest, and inevitably soon leads to a search the vehicle.

Generally speaking, the less damaging policy when one is confronted with this type of situation is to ignore the ugly and deceptive practice and to just keep moving. Provided no one panics and decides to pull off at that exit, it is seriously doubtful that you would ever actually see the fictitious drug checkpoint ahead.

All of that being said — every year, hundreds of unsuspecting motorists are trapped by this misleading exercise. Once you made that fateful decision and have taken that next exit, regardless of the validity of your reasoning for taking that exit, the police will now you for further interrogations.

Should one find themselves approaching such police operations, it is critical for your freedom tobe careful about observing all traffic laws. Don’t speed, don’t fail to signal for any reason, make sure there are no visible safety issues which would give them probability to pull you over, and last but not least; do not follow too closely. Following too closely is by far away the single most often-cited explanation given for stopping cars on Missouri’s highways.

Also of significance, do not litter. The average Police officer who wouldn’t waste his time ordinarily for littering, will unquestionably stalk a vehicle with vicious tenacity should any type of suspicious item be tossed out of a vehicle in the vicinity of a “drug checkpoint”.

As California is on the West Coast, and New York is on the east, today’s police seem to believe that all weed is moving from west to east. As such, a driver’s chances of being unjustly stopped, interrogated and then searched are far greater when you’re in an eastbound vehicle.

Should you find yourself in this position – as always -it’s just good form to utter as few words as possible to your new bestie. The minimum requirement by law at this point is for driver of a motor vehicle to display his or her driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. Passengers remain silent and still. Should the police officer try to involve you in some type of seemingly minor dialogue, like where you are headed, or where you have been? Simply and politely decline to discuss that. Your constitutional rights are in full effect, and you should choose to remain silent until you’re either arrested or released and well away from the police. Should you choose a different course, and you talk about anything. Some things which may, or may not have ever come out of your mouth, will be used against you.