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Va. Cir.: Marijuana odor not supported by body cam footage (access required)

Officers' recollection that a strong marijuana odor emanated from a vehicle wasn't consistent with video of their search: The car doors were closed, the marijuana discovered was raw and enclosed, and the officers never mentioned the odor before the search. Thus, they lacked probable cause, and resulting evidence must be suppressed. Background In March 2017, Norfolk police ...