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Charges dropped in human trafficking case after ISP conducts illegal search of vehicle

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: JEROME, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho judge has dropped all charges against three Georgia residents accused of kidnapping a young woman and stealing credit cards after ruling police conducted an illegal vehicle search. The Times-News ( ) reports that police had arrested 22-year-old Derricka McCloud, 21-year-old Demeiris Fields and 25-year-old Bradley Roberts on Oct. 24 in Jerome after they received a report that an 18-year-old woman was being held against her will by armed individuals. Stoker ruled Wednesday that Idaho State Police troopers searched the defendants' vehicle on Oct. 27 without a warrant, declaring all evidence obtained "clearly suppressible." Troopers conducted an initial inventory search a few days prior, but they decided to search a few days later after receiving a tip from a Boise detective.

You can read the Times-News’ full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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