A federal appeals court in Oregon has ruled that mobile tracking devices can be attached to the vehicles of suspects as part of a marijuana investigation, The Associated Press reports.
Juan Pineda-Moreno argued his constitutional rights were violated when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents attached the tracking devices to his sport utility vehicle.
DEA agents attached several of the spy gadgets to Pineda-Moreno’s SUV, tracking his movements after they learned the suspect and his associates bought large amounts of fertilizer, groceries, irrigation equipment and deer repellent in the Medford, Oregon area in 2007.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court, noting the agents attached the devices while the vehicle was parked in a driveway and in public areas including a street and a parking lot.
According to the court, the defendant had “no reasonable expectation of privacy” at any of those locations.