Police cavity searched this man because they allegedly smelled weed.
This New Jersey man was pulled over by state police for tailgating in March 2017. But, when the officers smelled cannabis on him, they detained him and performed a search.
Officers Joseph Drew and Andrew Whitmore put their hands down the front and back of the man’s pants. When he questioned the officers, he was threatened by one of them, who stated, “If you think that this is the worst thing I’m going to do to you right now, you have another thing coming, my friend.”
When the police couldn’t find weed under his clothing, they concluded he must have placed it in his anus and decided to perform a cavity search on him, although medical cannabis is legal in New Jersey.
An NJ appellate court ruled in 2015 that the smell of weed is still probably cause for police to perform a warrantless search.
The officers didn’t find any cannabis on the man, so they cited him for tailgating and sent him on his way. He has since filed a tort claim and intends to sue over the incident, stating, “It was the most humiliating experience I’ve ever been through, also due to the fact people were driving by very slowly, watching him with his hand down my pants.”