Drug arrests at N.H. border checkpoints challenged in court

Associated Press
Thursday, January 11, 2018

A judge in New Hampshire has heard arguments from the American Civil Liberties Union over its request to suppress evidence against 18 people charged with drug possession after being stopped by customs and border protection agents last summer in northern New Hampshire.

The group was arrested on Interstate 93 in Woodstock at two checkpoints. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped cars about 90 miles from the Canadian border.

The ACLU told a Plymouth District Court judge that New Hampshire’s Constitution is more protective of privacy than the U.S. Constitution, and that evidence from federal searches can’t be used in state prosecutions if it was gathered in a way that violates the state constitution.

The state argued the seizures didn’t violate the Fourth Amendment.