Judge rejects challenge to evidence in drug arrest
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a challenge to evidence collected by police against a man accused of shipping cocaine in a tractor-trailer to Rhode Island.
The lawyer for Andrew Rios sought to strike much of the evidence because police, without a warrant, attached a GPS device to the vehicle he drove and monitored nonstop a North Kingstown storage unit.
Prosecutors say police should have gotten a warrant to apply the GPS device but argued that Rios did not have standing to contest the monitor or camera.
The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/yXauJR ) that U.S. District Court Judge William Smith ruled Wednesday that although Rios proved he had standing to contest the GPS device, police still would have secured a search warrant to execute the January 2011 raid based on other factors.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com