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Search & Seizure – Valid Traffic Stop – Pat-Down – Wallet Seizure (access required)

An officer’s illegal seizure of defendant’s wallet during a pat-down after a legal traffic stop did not illegally extend the duration of the stop, the Supreme Court of Virginia says, as police were trying to determine defendant’s identity. The experienced narcotics officers made a lawful traffic stop after observing an apparent hand-to-hand transaction between the driver ...