NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court in New York says a Vermont police department was within its rights to attach a GPS device without a warrant to a drug suspect's car.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Friday.
It says the existence of probable cause made the GPS search OK. It came in an area of law that is still being defined. Global positioning system devices are increasingly used as an investigation tool.
The ruling came as the 2nd Circuit upheld the convictions of three men in a drug distribution conspiracy. Their convictions resulted after the Burlington Police Department in 2008 investigated a drug ring suspected of transporting cocaine from Massachusetts into Vermont.
A federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent put the device on the car.
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