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What Is A Drug Inspection Checkpoint And Are They Legal?

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drug inspection checkpoint k-9Do You Know What To Do If You See A Sign On The Road That Says ‘Drug Inspection Checkpoint’?

Ninjasmoker and I are in the middle of one of the most epic road trips of all time. We departed from Eugene, Oregon on Wednesday, March 21 heading to Denver, Colorado. Why would we drive so far? For the 13th annual Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference of course! Oh wait, you mean why did we drive instead of fly…let’s just say that when I travel outside of Oregon, I always bring a little bit of Oregon with me. I wish I didn’t have to. If Colorado had a reciprocity agreement with Oregon, I would just fly with my mmj or purchase some mmj when I got to Denver.

However, these are not options for out of state medical marijuana cardholders that are visiting Colorado, so we had to go old school and just drive with it. The first leg of the drive was not that bad. We met up with some activists in the Reno, Nevada area which broke up the trip. It’s always fun to bring some Oregon treats to other areas that are not as fortunate as Oregon and see how people react. The look on people’s faces is priceless lol.

Everything on the trip was going well. I was driving east of Reno for the first time, and I was very excited to see Eastern Nevada and Utah. Things took a drastic turn for the worst on I-80 near Battle Mountain, Nevada. For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the fine area outside of Battle Mountain, I wouldn’t be surprised. The area is very remote, there are not that many exits, and seeing anything that is alive in such a desolate desert is rare. Ninjasmoker and I had fought the urge to smoke a bowl the few hours we had been driving from Reno, but decided to sneak one in about twenty miles before Battle Mountain. After a handful of pulls off of the pipe (Rowdy Roddy Piper is it’s name), we backed off and were looking at the scenery.

As with most road trips, we saw several orange construction signs along the freeway. We saw so many of them at this point of the trip, I didn’t really look at them anymore. However, one particular orange road sign caught my eye because it was knocked over on the ground, and the text on the sign was different than my sub-conscience was used to I suppose. I was pretty sure that the sign read, ‘Drug Inspection Checkpoint K-9 1 Mile’…to which I reacted with the comment, ‘what the f#ck was that?’ while pointing like I had just seen a dead body.

Ninjasmoker asked me why I was so worked up all of a sudden. As I was explaining to him what I thought I saw, sure enough, there were more signs lining both sides of the road that indeed read ‘Drug Inspection Checkpoint K-9 1 Mile.’ Instantly Ninjasmoker started spraying Axe body spray like his life depended on it. I slowed down a little bit and rapidly thought in my head about what we should do. Ninjasmoker and I drive more than any other humans I have ever met. For instance, in the last two months we have driven from Oregon to Los Angeles three times, in addition to this Denver trip. Not one time, ever, have we seen or heard of a drug checkpoint. All of our mmj was in a heat sealed bag inside of a duffle bag, underneath a bunch of other bags in the trunk, but that provided little reassurance in this time of need.

We essentially had three choices as I saw it. 1) We could do an illegal, unsafe U-turn on the freeway and head back the other way. 2) We could take the next exit and turn around. 3) We could just face the music and keep driving straight. The unsafe U-turn did not seem desirable, as we were driving a small car and would probably get mangled when we went off-road. Having K-9’s walking around my car didn’t seem like a good idea either, so we decided to take the next exit…That was until we saw about 10 unmarked police trucks, 10 marked patrol cars, and 5 SUV’s. As much as I didn’t want to face the impending drug inspection point up the road, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I didn’t want to drive into that swarm of hate!

So, begrudgingly, I kept driving. I thought it was weird that there wasn’t a traffic jam as a result of bringing so many vehicles to a screeching halt on a 75 mile an hour freeway. We were going over some hills, so seeing into the distance was difficult. I expected the drug inspection point to be just over the horizon. We drove for what seemed to be a mile, discussing the legalities of such a search. Then we drove what seemed to be two miles…then three…After awhile I began to wonder what the scoop was with this K-9 roadside shakedown. ‘Did we just barely miss the checkpoint, and drive by when they were just getting ready to set up?’ I asked Ninjasmoker. We agreed that we would take the next exit into Battle Mountain, provided that there wasn’t a law enforcement convention going on like the last exit we were going to take.

After our heart rates were back to normal, we started to wrap our heads around what just happened. As with most scenarios when we need answers, we Googled ‘drug inspection checkpoint.’ What we found out was mind blowing, and VERY important for all marijuana consumers to know. Below is information provided by Flex Your Rights:

“There isn’t exactly such a thing as a drug checkpoint. In City of Indianapolis v. Edmond, the Supreme Court found random drug checkpoints unconstitutional in 2000. Since then, police (particularly in the mid-west) have gotten into the habit of putting signs up warning drivers of upcoming drug checkpoints and then detaining and searching drivers who make illegal u-turns or desperately fling contraband from their vehicles. These checkpoint-like fake checkpoints serve as the functional equivalent of a checkpoint without violating the Court’s prohibition against checkpoints.

We’ve received several emails about this practice over the past couple years and we’ve mentioned it in our presentations, but perhaps this is something that deserves more attention. The prodigious Drug WarRant blogger Peter Guither encountered one of these non-checkpoints over the Thanksgiving weekend, and had some very interesting observations. Most notably, the sign warning of an upcoming drug checkpoint was located shortly before a rest area exit ramp, the intended result being that drivers wishing to avoid the checkpoint would pull in. Peter did not stop, but observed officers in the rest area parking lot using dogs to sniff approaching vehicles.

As practiced previously, the fake checkpoint tactic often took place on open stretches of highway, provoking illegal u-turns into oncoming traffic and the disposal of contraband onto the roadside…By steering alarmed motorists into a canine-infested rest area, police could circumvent the need to trigger traffic violations as a pretext for drug searches.”

Lucky for us, we made the right decision, despite the fact that it went against all of my instincts. As I stated before in the story, I was planning on taking the next exit until I saw the swarm of cops waiting. Had we not had our stuff in the trunk, maybe we would have considered throwing it out of the window. Maybe we would have made a U-turn had we been in a different car. There are a number of things that could have went different, but thanks to luck, suspicion, and quick reactions, we were fortunate. Make sure to know what to do in the event that you see one of these fake drug checkpoints. Also, make sure to tell everyone that you know what to do in such a situation. These are not common on the West Coast, but it sounds like they are common in the Mid-West. If you have seen one of these fake drug checkpoints, please leave comments below so that others can find out about their presence in certain areas.

These fake drug checkpoints are unsafe, and unproductive. Since the freeway speed limit is 75 on the stretch of I-80 that we were driving on, most people were driving a little bit over at around 80 miles per hour (even the semi trucks). It is not safe for a triple trailer to try to slow down from 80 miles an hour to a complete stop, which is what’s suggested by the fake road signs. How many cars slow down or lock up their brakes when they see these signs? I-80 is a major freeway, and causing chaos between it’s lanes is insane.

What example does that set for society? Cops can blatantly lie in order to get around the fact that their actions were found to be unconstitutional? Is that the message we should be sending children? ‘OK Sally, we are going to have to pull over up here and talk to some cops and doggies, don’t be scared…’ Two miles down the road, ‘OK Sally, sometimes cops have to tell lies in order to do their jobs. You don’t lie yourself, but just be OK with the fact that cops do.’

Does it seem crazy to anyone else that the cops are encouraging people to litter and throw drugs onto the side of the freeway? Last time I checked, inmates are the ones cleaning the sides of that freeway. I wonder how many of those inmates have found hardcore drugs on the side of the road and took them back to prison with them? Or for that matter, how many people have stopped on the side of the road to check a tire or get something out of the trunk and stumbled across some meth? I understand that cops are trying to get drugs off the street, but fake drug checkpoints literally does the opposite of that.

What if people were legitimately taking that particular exit? As I stated before it’s a desolate area, however, the exit was made for a reason. Someone lives near there. What if they were running to the store, which is a multi-hour trip from the area we were at, and when the residents came back there was a small army of cops and K-9s that had set up in the meantime? The cops are obviously out for blood, and I doubt they would believe the people when they explained that they were just heading home. I’m sure the cops would say something like, ‘Sure buddy, like we haven’t heard that before from the other people we have set up earlier today.’ It’s only after the legitimate exit users were put through a traumatic experience and nothing was found that they are then allowed to go about their lives.

How do TWB readers feel about this? Are you someone that likes smaller government, limited government intrusion, and using police resources in a safe, logical, constitutional way? I know I am. How many cops were taken away from their regular duties to sit along the side of the road and hope that something might happen? What if no one took the bait? That’s countless officers and K-9s that could have been out raiding meth labs, or catching chimos, or just about anything else that is worthwhile. I will never understand how it is constitutional to fake an unconstitutional act in order to achieve the same end result.

To me, this is like if someone put up a ‘whites only’ sign on their business door, but didn’t enforce it, and somehow that was found to be constitutional because the people weren’t actually discriminating, they were just pretending to do so. At the end of the day, people would be having their rights violated if they followed the instructions from the fake sign at the business, and the business owner would get the same result as if they actually enforced what the sign said. To me, it’s the same situation with the cops, and just as it’s ludicrous to think the business sign example is OK, it is also ludicrous to think that what the cops are doing with fake drug checkpoints is OK. Please, spread the word far and wide. Research this issue for yourself and add any information that you think I have missed. EVERYONE needs to know about this practice so that no one falls victim to the overzealous cops’ tactics. Below is the link to the Supreme Court case which determined that fake drug checkpoints are illegal (for all of my fellow legal nerds):

http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2000/2000_99_1030

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  • eating_sunshine

    You will be passing close to where I live, here in Utah, please take me with you. :)  Hope you enjoyed the rocky mountain high on your way through.  
    BY the way John Denver, who wrote, Rocky Mountain High was a stoner from Colorado. 

  • Ranger

    ” don’t fallow leaders and watch you parking meters”

  • Brandy

    Me and my boyfriend were busted on i80 in ottowa, IL. We were on our last leg of a long journey from San Fran back to Rhode Island. We didnt encounter any of these signs that I have heard about since my ordeal but what we did encounter was an unmarked SUV sitting in one of those crossover roads between i80 east and west. We had the cruise control set to 64 because the speed limit had just decreased from 75 to 65 and we were very careful to go 1 mph under. As we passed the SUV it swung out after us and proceeded to hit the lights. We nervously pulled over and provided our license and registration as requested and was told we would be on our way. To make a long story short we werent sent on our way we were hauled off to jail and charged with a class x felony which is the same charge you would recieve if you murdered someone or molested a child. The class. X felony carries a mandatory non probationabal charge of 6-30 years in prison. I have never been in trouble before this and I am 36 years old. They had a dog in the unmarked SUV which did not alert according to police reports and our car was searched even after we did not consent. Now I am fighting a 35 thousand dollar battle, 15k for bail and 20k for a well known attorney who is seasoned in this kind of injustice. But what else can I do but fight its not fair and I wasn’t transporting meth or crack or something that’s killing people everyday but I did have a good amount of maryjane which we were taking home to enjoy. I was told this is an everyday occurrence in that county. Not long after it happened to us an actress from Californication, same place same bogus story. We were stopped for “speeding” and this is often why people are stopped but the real reason is we were simply driving in a rental car with out of state plates. If you look like your too far from home and they happen to be waiting in that median looking for just that you are screwed. I don’t belong in jail, I know I did something illegal but me in jail with crackheads and killers is only going to do one thing and that is take a good person and turn me into an animal. Because again, I have no choice but to fight in a place where I don’t belong, am not familiar with the rules of prison life, am not a fighter in the outside world, and really just am not built like that. Next week I will go back to Ottowa and have my 3rd and probably final court appearance where I will either be sentenced to jail or take a deal and give the “big guy” up. Wish me luck. I don’t have money like one of the “big guys” who usually have no problem getting off which is ironic because they are actually the ones doing the most business and innocent people like me have to beg and borrow and hand over every paycheck for a lawyer that may save my life. I don’t want the rest of my life to be screwed because I had a miscarriage and 20k worth of medical bills because the company I worked for didn’t offer health insurance and this was a way to make a quick 2k. Seems ridiculous when I think about it now. Seemed like so much money back then. Now it’s going to change the rest of my life. It’s all about money. They want it and as long as youve got it your probably gonna be okay.

    • Guy Christopher

      Brandy; I feel so sorry for your plight.  You were a target of discrimination; being in a car with out of state plates (arn’t most cars on an interstate hiway from another state?).  Soon, these bastards as well as all the crooked polotitions; lawyers; bankers; cops; will be mass arrested; and our country will be replaced with a new, fair and just system…watch for it to happen, in the very near future.  We are being watched, by beings far more intelligent then us; and they are concerned that we are destroying our planet; and will intervene.  Look up “Federation of Lights” on Facebook.

    • freddie

      what happened with the case in Ottowa..? Jail or Free..???!!

    • AngelaO

      It is a total disgrace that this is happening in a “free” country. Good luck.

    • SoyBoricuaPaQueTuLoSepas

      This is a terrible story I’m sorry to hear this

  • Craigs_ad

    Here in the South, actual drug checkpoints are a fact of life.  Georgia and Florida both use them every spring and summer on traffic traveling the north south route for spring breakers headed for Panama City Beach. If you are leaving Atlanta headed for Panama City Beach, take the back roads.   Obscure back roads.

  • Mikewm15

    Here is a question for ya. Why has no one taken the bull by the horns and video taped these illegal actions being performed by these thugs that want to be called cops. In my day cops were peace officers now they are the biggest thugs on the planet. I say bring charges against the thugs, this “fake” bullshit drug search is still in violation of the supreme court. BOOK EM DANNO.

  • Faxonine

    Yeah its a common occurrence in Kansas. I-35 frequently has these signs and like Brandy said, they specifically look for out of state plates. Be careful. :)

  • johnny15150

    great article , I know people who fell victim to illegal searches and had 2 monkeys killd by cops.

    cops love weed!  all they have to do is say I SMELL marihuana ,and you have no civil rights.
    If you are travelling with large sums of cash they will confiscate it and keep it.
    drug forfeitures are a source of income for LEO

    I live in Los Angeles and they set up Sobriety checkpoints on a sat night ,arrest hundreds in a BIGLOTS parking lot  tow trucks lined up  to confiscate cars

    mostly immigrants with no license.
    George Orwells 1984 is no sci-fi movie

    We live in a police-state
    prisons for profit = slavery

    Cops spend all of the resources chasing cannabis suppliers ,using the media to further political agendas
    real crimes take a back seat
    drug use in the US has not been affected

    And the war machine keeps turning!

  • Guy Christopher

    I have never seen one; but its been a long time since i flew by Battle Mountain at 80mph….I think this action by the police is deplorable; unconstitutional, unfair and dangerous.  And I agree, that their resoourses could have much more been appreciated stopping 90mph drivers; truckers doing the same; and other suspicious activities; instead of innocent drivers crossing the country.  What are we coming too:   Gastapo actions….the police must really be hard up to meet their quota of arrests and confications….and finally; so what???   Marijuana does not impair your driving ability; it simply relaxes you and makes the long boring drive more enjoyable; and, you do not weave, swerve, make quick actions, making it dangerous for others; and does not impair your eyesight (obviously) or make such a major reaction to your reaction time; or process of thought….This is so stupid; and obviously something some nitwit thought up; to make more arrests; and to keep their job.

  • It seems you guys in the USA have at least some constitutional protections. In Australia we regularly suffer groups of police officers with sniffer dogs patrolling  busy train stations and almost every public or music event is now thoroughly policed. You are sniffed and or searched as you wait to enter and sniffer dogs roam amongst the crowd once inside.
    They are not permitted to ask for our personal details unless drugs are found but they often do if the dog indicates a “presence” even if they find nothing. This all goes on the record and public sniffer dog searches are the most frequently reported complaint against the police.

    Most states now have random roadside drug testing units that quite often have sniffer dogs on board to go through your car while you submit to a saliva test. It is now an offense to drive with “any” level of drugs (except alcohol) in your blood and if a person is injured in an accident drivers must submit to a mandatory blood test. You are considered DUI even if that last puff was weeks ago. I would hate to think what would happen to someone testing positive for weeks old pot traces in the blood in the case of a fatality.

    One thing we don’t have yet which the USA does, is such broad property forfeiture laws. I find it unbelievable that they can take your property so easily. If the war on (people who use other) Drugs is not defeated soon I fear for our future in this new global police state. We have now entered “neo-dark ages” and drug users are the new witches. Soon the cops may also “burn one down” so to speak.

    •  When you travel, don’t be holding, but rub weed all over yourself…it will drive the dogs crazy and after a while they will be considered ineffective and stop using them.

      • painkills2

        I like this idea. Except for the dogs going crazy part…

    • AngelaO

      Sounds like the Australian government is evil like the American government. Government should respect its people, not violate them for no damn good reason.

  • I had this exact same experience a few years ago outside of Lawrence, Kansas… there were signs everywhere and cops at the exits, but never passed a check point. Thanks for the post, makes sense now.

  • I had this exact same experience a few years ago outside of Lawrence, Kansas… there were signs everywhere and cops at the exits, but never passed a check point. Thanks for the post, makes sense now.

  • Tina B702

    These signs were posted on the I-15 northbound from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City for the last 3 days.
    The cops were using the same tactics as described above.

  • cops are pigs!!!

  • Highallday

    If you are looking to keep your cannabis hidden to the sense of smell.
    I would highly recommend you went to GonzoBags.com and checked out their bags.
    I have received these bags with some good ass killer bud in them through the mail. 
    You wouldn’t have a problem getting them past a K-9 search unit if they were hidden well enough.
    But the bottom line. If you don’t use these bags you are increasing the chances of your goods being sniffed out. Give them a try you wont be disappointed. I use as hell wasn’t they get the job done.

  • luvmaryjane

    the cops in lil ol Arkansas City, Kansas do this alllllllllllllllll the time, because what the hell else do they have to do in a small town with nothing going on?  their motto here is not to protect and serve, but to harass and irritate

  • Clasiccarguy39

    hey i have been going to cali and been a check point before border with dogs serching cars and people for drugs

  • GuestwiththeBest

    I-55 – Chicago to St. Louis, I made frequent runs and passed TWO of these, both times with a stash in the car!  After the heart attack I had from continuing forward ahead, it was anti-climactic, cos I never saw the hubbub!  The cops must have waited further off the exit, because they were not visible from highway.  Additionally, next to the signs warning of impending doom, there was a cop car pulled on the shoulder of each side of the road with their trunks open. I guess that makes them look official… but both cars were empty, no cops inside.  Glad you cleared this up for me and are sharing with the world.  Glad to add my experiences too, so anyone traveling I-55 can be aware!  

    • Johnny oneye

      those cars have cameras running all the time , big brother!

  • Beel420

    The
    greatest terror threat to US Citizens comes from those who have been
    photographed in front of the American Flag — not from someone who kneels
    head-first on a prayer-rug facing east 5 times a day!

  • I’ve had a nasty encounter with an “immigration and drug” checkpoint outside of Yuma, Arizona one time a couple years ago.  It was not a border crossing, it was not an agricultural checkpoint, it was just an INS stationed facility where they stopped all the cars.  At first it looked like I was being flagged through, but I stopped to ask what the checkpoint was for, and they then asked me to pull over to the search area. 

    When approached, I did my best to exercise my constitutional rights (in particular the 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure).  I refused to answer any of their questions, and kept asking them “Am I being detained?  Can I  go?”.  They refused to answer either of the questions, and kept asking me if they could search my car to which I replied, “I do not consent to any searches.” 

    Eventually a supervisor somehow convinced me to exit the vehicle (I still don’t know how or why I complied with that one) and claimed they had the authority to search my vehicle because a dog supposedly smelled something (I had no drugs or undocumented immigrants in the car), and they had the authority to search based on some law (I can’t recall which at the moment).  I believe it is the basis for the ‘constitution-free zone’ that the ACLU highlights here: http://www.aclu.org/national-security_technology-and-liberty/are-you-living-constitution-free-zone

    They brought the dog into the front of the car where I could reach things (which I believe is the area that cops can search if you get pulled over for any or no reason), found nothing, and sent me on my way.  I recorded much of the event on video camera and got the name of the supervisor, but chose not to pursue any legal action because it would be an epic investment of my time.

    I would highly suggest that people fight for their rights however.  Understand your constitutional protections, and never, ever give consent for anything no matter what the case.  Freedom evaporates unless we exercise it, or at least make an effort to.

    • AngelaO

      Bad experience (should not ever happen in a “free” society). But good message and advice that you gave.

  • Lori keller

    Back in the early 90’s the Idaho and Oregon state police were doing this on the border line between Marsing Idaho, and Jordan Valley Oregon. They did it for some time, however, rumor has it that they did get into trouble for it, and they did stop doing it. 

    • Lojackell

      They were stopping every vehicle and searching though.

    • ifudntwntyurfrdmi’lltakeit

      Rumor has it wrong. My wife and I were traveling through there yesterday on our way back to Reno and she got pulled over for speeding while passing another vehicle.After we pulled over we could see several law enforcement and civilian vehicles pulled over about 100 yards up the road. As the officer was approaching our vehicle from the rear a guy in camouflage pants approached from the front and walked toward the rear. The highway patrolman took both of our licences and told us to keep our hands in sight as he walked back to his car. I am 64 and my wife is 59. We were cordial and non threatening but the guy in camouflage walked back to highway patrol vehicle and we could see him constantly staring at us as we looked back through the rear view mirror. After about a half hour of us just sitting and waiting and wondering what was going on up ahead the officer finally brought our papers and the citation back to us and as he did the person in camouflage approached us from the other side with his gun drawn. The officer seemed kind of paranoid to me and i wondered i f they were going to search our vehicle and further delay us. They didn’t, but as we drove past the other vehicles up ahead several of them were being searched with their stuff scattered around their vehicles. For all of you who have the “if you don’t have anything to hide ” mentality don’t worry . The police state will be happy to hide your liberty under the guise of protecting those same liberties while you lick their boots.

      • painkills2

        Like protecting us from terrorists while spying on us digitally.

      • AngelaO

        I can’t believe he had his gun drawn for that! What a sociopath! He should be immediately fired.

    • painkills2

      A lot of money has been poured into the War on Drugs since the early 90’s. Looks like these illegal drug checkpoints have multiplied. I guess they work, arrest a lot of people, or they wouldn’t keep using them.

      • Anthony Cincotti

        They don’t do it because it works, they do it to justify their bloated budgets, and the lucrative overtime pay they receive to hang out Jaw Jacking while waiting for a fish to take the bait.

        • AngelaO

          Right. It’s their job and their livelihood. I can think of many ways to better “protect and serve” our communities.

      • Anthony Cincotti

        They don’t do it because it works, they do it to justify their bloated budgets, and the lucrative overtime pay they receive to hang out Jaw Jacking while waiting for a fish to take the bait.

  • GLENWOODCORY

    In Missouri, on I-44 2 miles west of St-Roberts going to Rolla thay do the same thing. The way it is setup ,you dont have time to think about it ,you’ll just react  and pull onto offramp. So be prepared.        If you would ,when you are giving info to this site ,please give exact location of this kind of illegal pig activity.   THANK YOU

    • Ssgtsnip

      I went thru one on I 64 yesterday heading to Louisville ky. MESSAGE TO EVERYONE!! DON’T PULL ONTO THE RAMP!!! They wait up there with there lights off waiting for you to panic and take the exit.

  • Nick

    Clear violation of the 4th amendment, it was already decided in Indianapolis v. Edmond. At least I thought so.

  • EricWeed44

    Don’t bring your medical cannabis anywhere you go for there is a proper venue to use it……

    • painkills2

      At least if you want to keep your freedom…

      • AngelaO

        Partial freedom, that is.

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  • EricWeed44

    check out the place first where you are going,whether it’s legal to carry some cannabis there before bringing some….LA Marijuana Dispensaries

  • Chock

    I Made it through the el centro checkpoint with an ounce. There was dogs xray cameras and about 10 officers every 50 feet. I’m lucky to be here.

  • hstik

    These ‘checkpoints’ are fairly common on interstate highways in the Carolinas. Don’t panic and don’t exit!

    • buckethead

      Where exactly? I’ve lived in SC for most of my life and travel all over SC/NC and have not once seen any signs like this.

      • RealityBites

        Where? I drive I 85 as well as I 40 all the time and have never seen them

      • AngelaO

        I live in Carolinas and have never seen this disgraceful practice of invasion of rights either.

  • Strange that you were worried , actually funny as hell !

    • painkills2

      Not so strange that they were worried, but surely funny as hell afterwards. (smiley face)

  • jorge arroyo

    It’s about time for nationwide decriminalization if not legalization.
    -jorge
    mascarillaparaelacne.org

  • Bill

    Had this scam pulled on us last night and I took the exit to walk our dog, who had been riding 200 miles without a pee break. Police surrounded my truck and questioned my girlfriend and I seperately, I was walking the dog and she was waiting in the truck. Nothing happened, no drugs, but this is a very disturbing practice. Wish I had known that this was a ruse. I’d have loved to give the cops some thoughts of my own. I have served this country for years of my early life and today I am 17 years into my profession of choice. It’s bad enough they want to take my guns, now we are going to allow illeagal searches. I sure hope this is not the direction our country is heading. Young people, PLEASE educate yourself and start doing something to help yourselves and our country get out of this funk. The older people in this country are depending on the new generation to set some of this crap straight. That’s all I have to say about that!

  • Haley

    Yep they just did this in Springdale, AR but luckily I went my better instincts and just kept driving.

    • Jordan

      Thanks for the heads up. I live in Conway, north of Little Rock.

  • Ari Asulin

    If you don’t like illegal stops, then petition to have it changed in your backwards ass state.

    Don’t blame the entire country. Gets you blog hits and makes no sense.

    • Anthony Cincotti

      Actually Ari, this “tactic” is spreading throughout the nation. Cops have figured out that it is an incredibly easy way to earn that fat overtime paycheck… Expect it to become more and more pervasive if it remains unchecked.

    • Anthony Cincotti

      Actually Ari, this “tactic” is spreading throughout the nation. Cops have figured out that it is an incredibly easy way to earn that fat overtime paycheck… Expect it to become more and more pervasive if it remains unchecked.

  • bluntqueen

    its entrapment thats illegal too

    • painkills2

      So to stop it from happening, does a victim have to sue somebody?

    • Matt Lehman

      Thats not entrapment, everyone thinks hiding the fact of what they are doing is entrapment however an officer can only be charged with entrapment if during the course of their investigation they convince you to do something you would not ordinarily do

  • Ross Long

    Oh yes, they do this in Kansas. And they take EVERY vehicle off of I-70 in both directions. Teams of cops and dogs sniffed EVERY vehicle. I found out later that they were actually looking for stolen explosives from the Kansas City area. This may have been before 2000. Their sign said Narcotics checkpoint, all vehicles must exit.

    • Ross Long

      BTW, there is nothing whatsoever new about this practice. It actually started in Florida back in the 80’s which started all the racial profiling BS. Drug dealers and drug runners simply adjusted by making sure their couriers were white and that they “matched” the kind of vehicle they were driving….

      • A’Eric Rector Halsey

        Asian driving a minivan = safest profile to not be targeted

    • jay

      okay so i have kansas plates and was thinking about bringing back like 3-4 lbs in a subwoofer is that sketch? keep in mind I’m white and i look like a frat kid.

  • stork

    Kansas has em on I-70 and the exit that is immediately after the signs is an exit to nowhere… basically the exit goes to a ranch or something, but there is no reason to be taking that exit, it even says No Services! But if you have Colorado plates and drive across Kansas they will pull you over for anything… following too close, staying in the left lane too long, a rabbit’s foot hanging from your rearview…. seriously!

    • painkills2

      If you drive a red car, or a sports car, or if you have a cannabis bumper sticker, if you’re a person of color, if you wave at a cop when you drive by, if you stare at a cop as you drive by, if you’re eating Funyuns, picking you’re nose or singing a stupid pop song…

      • Jade

        I just heard about this red car thing today. What is the deal with that? If you drive a red car, you’re more likely to get pulled over?

        • painkills2

          Police keep a look out for sports cars and red cars and flashy cars because these drivers are thought to speed more than others. I’ve never seen statistics on this so I don’t know if it’s true or not. But it seems to me like it’s a lazy way of finding speeders.

        • Guest

          people with red yellow or bright/loud color vehicles statistically screw up more.

    • Mkrylee

      Yup, always one about 20 minutes before Topeka, Kansas heading East on I-70 that says Currency & Drug Inspection–Drug Dogs In Use. Just stay on the highway. Better luck next time po-pos.

  • mike

    Aug 2012 on the Harley heading to Sturgis legally strapped and riding dirty I came up on a “Weapons & Drug check point ahead” sign on I-29 NB in SD. Kind of a welcome to SD bikers sign to the 1/2 million bikers that will spend 10’s of million$ over the next 10 days in SD. Cruise control was set 5 over and it was through a city with exits. I keep riding and never saw a cop car. But I must say my butt did pucker a little.
    Most pussy cops could not catch a bad guy if they held up a donut shop, let alone me. Been riding dirty all over the lower 48 over the last 40 years and never been busted. Let’s make it legal so I can unpucker!

    • Jordan

      Knock on wood brother. A month after I started smoking at 18 I was caught.
      I was one of the lucky few whose life wasn’t utterly and completely destroyed by the Drug War. Thank my parents for that all the time.

  • Sean Spring

    Mayfield, OHIO, on I-271 does this crap, and have found NOTHING so far…

  • Mike Katz

    On I-80 about 40 miles west of Lincoln Nebraska. My wife and I were on our way to a Disturbed concert in Kearney when I saw a sign saying drug checkpoint ahead one mile. We were going to get off at next exit until we saw all the cops sitting at that exit. We kept going and missed the whole dam thing. It is always there all the time. So be careful coming through Nebraska.

  • Tbone

    Maybe someone should put together a nationwide class action suit against the goverment for infringement of constitutional rights . Now is the time for the people of AMERICA HOME OF THE FREE ! To start protesting and bring class action suits against the goverment for allowing all the different states and cities to put laws into place that infringe on our rights . At the border I can see that but to have my car searched just because I’m speeding or I have a tag light out on my car ! If we don’t start doing something we will be living in prison ! These are the things our great founding fathers fought against England for . What’s next walking into our private homes and searching for no reason ? Taking our guns, bats, and any possessions they want to help themselves to ! These are simple rights our country was built on . Our young people need to stop parting and start protesting and fighting back ! Or they won’t have any rights !

    • painkills2

      Sorry. You lost me dude.

  • Abe Gold

    In Arizona they use a different tactic. Officer will get right on your bumper and see if you react. If you do you’ll get pulled over. Espically near the Fed training center in Globe.
    We do have checkpoints near the border, on the border. Use EXTREME caution on I-8 and expect hassles!
    Cops now carry a strip that they swab the headliner of your car. Tells them how long it’s been since the car was smoked in, a reason for a DUI. Safer now to get out of your car to smoke.

  • Patientsfor Patients

    Indiana is bad all interstates

  • painkills2

    “Is that the message we should be sending children? ‘OK Sally, we are going to have to pull over up here and talk to some cops and doggies, don’t be scared…’ Two miles down the road, ‘OK Sally, sometimes cops have to tell lies in order to do their jobs. You don’t lie yourself, but just be OK with the fact that cops do.’”

    At least it sounds like this Sally girl is being raised by parents that tell her the truth. :-)

  • Ken Olson

    I just want to say that Utah, Colorado even isn’t remotely the midwest.

    I’m sure everyone on the coast just look at anything outside of the Pacific/Atlantic as a flyover state, but since you seem to be a stickler for detail, I thought mentioning that the Rockies and the midwest are two completely different things would be helpful for you in the future.

    Good story though, and smart thinking!

  • Deb

    October 11, 2013. Left Idaho on 97 heading into Oregon towards Winnemucka Nevada. We saw 8 cars from oncoming traffic pulled over by Idaho police. Some had two police cars next to them. One had a dog sniffing the car. Went further down the road, and saw a staging area with about 10 more police cars lined up and a trailer. As we went by we saw a oncoming car go by and a police car pulled out immediately. After we passed, we saw the orange flags warning of the Drug checkpoint in English and Spanish. We kept on going to the Border. We had nothing on us but just the idea was annoying.

    • HT

      I have made that trip many times from work in Nevada to my place in Montana, I would say the check point is set up 30%-40% of the time in the little corner of Oregon on US 95 so don’t get complacent just because you see it is Oregon. I distinctly remember one time they had a young couple in a VW van with all their belongings spread out on the side of the road, quite Gestapoish, truly menacing. However the only other menace friends have encountered in that part of the country is armed Mexican growers in the nearby mountains with huge operations, my friends were bow hunting at the time. I hunt that same area for birds and am now always on the alert. Seems our freedoms are being attacked from all fronts, both domestic and foreign. Thanks for the advice to all, I have always just kept on driving and let Karma take its course.

  • Anthony Cincotti

    Will these prohibitionist wackjobs stop at nothing? Tactics like this are counter-productive in many ways, the worst of which is it breeds distrust and fear of the police. One of the biggest casualties of our failed drug policy is our faith in law enforcement has been shattered. I for one am going to engage in a counter tactic. I will be keeping a large ziplock bag of Oregano in my car from now on, and when I encounter this, it’s going right out the window. I may get a littering ticket, but it will be worth it. Do what you can to LEGALLY undermine their efforts at every turn. After the 50th time maybe they will get the hint that we are on to them.

    • painkills2

      This would be a great plan but… Seems like the cops would be more pissed at me for being a smart ass.

      • Anthony Cincotti

        The whole point of civil disobedience isn’t to avoid making some jack booted thug feel better about what they are doing. I am fine with being thought of as a smart ass (Last time i checked, SmartAssery was not a crime.) by a gang of dumbasses. :)

        I am perfectly willing to be arrested for my principles, and more people are gaining this same perspective every day. Don’t get me wrong, I have no desire to go to jail, (Retired law enforcement officers don’t tend to do well in GenPop, lol) but I do not agree with the direction “Law enforcement” is heading. The more we take it, the more they will take.

        But be smart about it, the first thing you can do to protect yourself from them fabricating outright lies to justify their harassment is to video all interactions with law enforcement personnel.

        The second thing is, protect that video from seizure. Find an app such as Bambuser http://bambuser.com/phones. so that it is streamed to a offsite location. Make sure you are obvious about it. State right from the beginning that you are recording the encounter, that it is streaming live and being archived offsite. This will not make them happy, but it might encourage them to behave. When asked why you feel the need to record, my favorite response is, “I have seen numerous cases of police abuse on sites such as youtube and on the news and now I have a fear of the police, and I have no knowledge of you, your honesty or your personal ethics.”

        Do not turn it into an attack on them personally, that only escalates things. Be polite but firm. Be articulate. Don’t scream, “I know my rights!” Show you know them by your statements and actions.

        Third, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Spend some time researching things like, “How to survive a police encounter” etc… Your freedom, and life could very well depend on it. (Run a search for Innocent * killed by police if you need examples of why your fear is justified.) The officer will try to convince you that it is illegal to record him, but again, KNOW THE LAW. With the exception of 2 states, unless the officer has a reasonable expectation of privacy (Which he does not in a public place) you are within your legal rights provided the recording isn’t done surreptitiously.

        Again, these tactics are not for everyone, if your not willing to be arrested and possibly spending the night (or possibly weekend if it happens to be a Friday) in jail, even with the knowledge that you won’t be prosecuted if you are indeed acting within the scope of your rights, then don’t do this.

        But if your convictions are strong and your last nerve with these abuses of authority has completely worn away, then stand up and challenge the powers that be.

        I am a public speaker with LEAP.cc and several pro medical marijuana groups and realize that this can, will and has made me a target for harassment and again, I am OK with that. I don’t like it, but I accept it as a fact of life. Those that buck the system will be targeted by it. It’s just the nature of the beast.

        I don’t want to come off like I am a noble, self-sacrificing martyr, because I am not. I am just an outspoken asshole that is completely fed up, lol! .

        I just feel that if these things are not checked, and checked quick, the nation I love will become one that isn’t worthy of love or respect and that really scares me.

        An honest man in a truly free society, who is not harming others should not have to fear the police, harassment and/or arrest, but that is no longer the case in America.

        • painkills2

          In Texas, SmartAssery IS a crime… And it turns out, it only angers the police when you know your rights — depending on how unlucky you are, they can treat you even worse for speaking up. (I’d rather not have a gun in my face ever again, thank you very much.)

          Thanks for the tips. Since I usually travel alone, I have adopted the policy of saying nothing. Rank and serial number. But since I’m white, I’m usually not bothered (you know, except for…).

          It is difficult to challenge the powers that be when you depend on the powers that be. I want to thank you for speaking out through LEAP, an important and influential group. It is unfortunate that you are harassed for doing so, but I’m guessing that means you are doing a great job at it. :)

          • Anthony Cincotti

            Thanks for the kind words. It is pathetic how so many law enforcement officers treat “Contempt of Cop” as if it is an actual crime, and will make something up to support their assertions of criminal wrongdoing, Hence the Camera. :)

            I enjoy speaking about what LEAP stands for because even if I reach one person, that is one less person that is going to buy into the B.S. war on drugs. Bonus, people talk to people, particularly when they encounter new information that flies in the face of their preconceived notions. :)

      • Anthony Cincotti

        The whole point of civil disobedience isn’t to avoid making some jack booted thug feel better about what they are doing. I am fine with being thought of as a smart ass (Last time i checked, SmartAssery was not a crime.) by a gang of dumbasses. :)

        I am perfectly willing to be arrested for my principles, and more people are gaining this same perspective every day. Don’t get me wrong, I have no desire to go to jail, (Retired law enforcement officers don’t tend to do well in GenPop, lol) but I do not agree with the direction “Law enforcement” is heading. The more we take it, the more they will take.

        But be smart about it, the first thing you can do to protect yourself from them fabricating outright lies to justify their harassment is to video all interactions with law enforcement personnel.

        The second thing is, protect that video from seizure. Find an app such as Bambuser http://bambuser.com/phones. so that it is streamed to a offsite location. Make sure you are obvious about it. State right from the beginning that you are recording the encounter, that it is streaming live and being archived offsite. This will not make them happy, but it might encourage them to behave. When asked why you feel the need to record, my favorite response is, “I have seen numerous cases of police abuse on sites such as youtube and on the news and now I have a fear of the police, and I have no knowledge of you, your honesty or your personal ethics.”

        Do not turn it into an attack on them personally, that only escalates things. Be polite but firm. Be articulate. Don’t scream, “I know my rights!” Show you know them by your statements and actions.

        Third, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Spend some time researching things like, “How to survive a police encounter” etc… Your freedom, and life could very well depend on it. (Run a search for Innocent * killed by police if you need examples of why your fear is justified.) The officer will try to convince you that it is illegal to record him, but again, KNOW THE LAW. With the exception of 2 states, unless the officer has a reasonable expectation of privacy (Which he does not in a public place) you are within your legal rights provided the recording isn’t done surreptitiously.

        Again, these tactics are not for everyone, if your not willing to be arrested and possibly spending the night (or possibly weekend if it happens to be a Friday) in jail, even with the knowledge that you won’t be prosecuted if you are indeed acting within the scope of your rights, then don’t do this.

        But if your convictions are strong and your last nerve with these abuses of authority has completely worn away, then stand up and challenge the powers that be.

        I am a public speaker with LEAP.cc and several pro medical marijuana groups and realize that this can, will and has made me a target for harassment and again, I am OK with that. I don’t like it, but I accept it as a fact of life. Those that buck the system will be targeted by it. It’s just the nature of the beast.

        I don’t want to come off like I am a noble, self-sacrificing martyr, because I am not. I am just an outspoken asshole that is completely fed up, lol! .

        I just feel that if these things are not checked, and checked quick, the nation I love will become one that isn’t worthy of love or respect and that really scares me.

        An honest man in a truly free society, who is not harming others should not have to fear the police, harassment and/or arrest, but that is no longer the case in America.

    • painkills2

      This would be a great plan but… Seems like the cops would be more pissed at me for being a smart ass.

    • londo

      They can pop you for a look-a-like substance so be careful with that idea.

      • Anthony Cincotti

        I’d be happy to go to court if they tried to charge me with having a bag of oregano. When I am asked why I would throw Oregano out my window I’ll just say, “Well your Honor, I saw all these videos of people being killed by the police just for the suspicion of having drugs, I thought they would do the same to me if they saw it in my car so I panicked.” :)

    • AngelaO

      If everyone stood up against this waste of legal system time like you, the problem would get solved.

    • oregon111

      how much do you want to bet that that oregano magicially “turns” into contraband when the cops find it?

    • highplains

      They put about 2joints worth of
      ” big buds”
      as the officer called it in my vehicle all the while trying to get me to admit
      “have I thrown everything out the vehicle”

      He said he smelled pot and did not ask for consent to search

  • Anthony Cincotti

    Will these prohibitionist wackjobs stop at nothing? Tactics like this are counter-productive in many ways, the worst of which is it breeds distrust and fear of the police. One of the biggest casualties of our failed drug policy is our faith in law enforcement has been shattered. I for one am going to engage in a counter tactic. I will be keeping a large ziplock bag of Oregano in my car from now on, and when I encounter this, it’s going right out the window. I may get a littering ticket, but it will be worth it. Do what you can to LEGALLY undermine their efforts at every turn. After the 50th time maybe they will get the hint that we are on to them.

  • Jade

    I-80 in NE. no particular place, usually just in the middle of the state. I have heard that there are a lot of cops 60 miles east of the Colorado border for obvious reasons. As far as being able to see cops on the exit ramp, I’ve never seen that in Nebraska. So they must be learning that they should hide their vehicles better.I was never forced to get off of the interstate if I didn’t choose to and didn’t go through any checkpoints unlike some of these people who are saying that the cops actually do the checkpoint and search random cars.

    • Reaper88

      What kind if car did you drive?

  • Hukdeep

    Keep driving! The checkpoint is set up on the first exit after the sign. You take the exit and you are screwed.
    It is illegal to stop traffic on an interstate for a drug bust.

    • YehudaPa

      Good answer!

  • Cheryl Apfel Wise

    Longtime practice along I-44 in Missouri between Ft. Leonard Wood and Rolla.

  • Cannabis.Pro

    Saw this on I-80 in Kansas in 2011, and at the following exit were 4 squad cars.

    • kukucachu

      I-80 in Nebraska or I-70 in Kansas?

      • Cannabis.Pro

        It was the 70… Oops. Between Salina & Topeka or Topeka & Kansas City.

        • feminoz

          yep… i see the same check point.. all the time.. right before manhattan..between salina and topeka..

          • Slappy

            yep, I like right down the road…they are on the off ramps and NEVER stop I-70 traffic…NEVER

          • Slappy

            live* (not like) ooops :)

  • Mark Blanton

    Thanks for the info

  • Ron Keelean Jr.

    Good Lookin’

  • stan

    I’ve seen this in Skagit county, in Washington State

  • JackNTheWeedstock

    “Are you someone that likes smaller government, limited government intrusion, and using police resources in a safe, logical, constitutional way?”

    How many of you voted for Obama and the rest of the morons in Washington that just enacted the biggest attack on your freedom with Obama care? If you did, you’re a hypocrite by saying you are for smaller government and for limited government.

    • Matthew Tinker Head

      How about those Republicans?… I mean, they are all for smaller government and freedom, but when it comes to marijuana they are all over that shit like stink on POO! Republicans and Democrats need to adopt marijuana reform and quit pushing pills!

      • YehudaPa

        That is slowly changing. Please like Rand Paul who is a doctor is ok with MMJ and probably for legalization because he is libertarian.

        • Frank Lapore

          RAND PAUL COULD NEVER WIN A PRESIDENTIAL RACE HILLARY AND LIZ 2016

    • Frank Lapore

      SHUT UP JACK YOU ASSHOLE

      • Libertarian

        The typical, baseless, child-like response from an asshole who blindly follows a political party.

        • Frank Lapore

          WANNA SAY THAT TO MT FACE BITCH?

    • Von

      Didn’t vote for Obama. Just because one supports ending this rediculous failure called the drug war does not mean they support dem’s. The truth is many of the dems are as retarded as most of the GOP when it comes to the drug war and the invasion of private choices that come with those laws.

  • TheReason

    In Baltimore, MD, I’ve experienced the opposite. On I-95, at the Fort McHenry toll booth, there are cops waiting to “check” you out. 1/2 mile away, there are signs warning of the “checkpoint.” At the toll booth, there may be a cop or two observing people headed through the toll booth. Sometimes they slow people down enough to ask a question or two. I’ve always thought they’re mostly looking for drunk drivers, however, they have had a dog present before, and Baltimore is a place known for blunts, so a hazy, weedsmoke filled car is probably something they’d jump on also…. but I think their intention in Baltimore is to find something beyond some commuter with a dime-bag to travel.

    The checkpoint warning signs are clearly posted. There is an exit prior to the toll booth/”check point”… I’ve taken it before, simply because I can go home either via the exit, or through the toll. There’s never anyone waiting at the exits. In fact, for some reason, I think in Baltimore, the cops are just hoping that the intoxicated drivers will just take the exit, and drive slower home.

    • Bob Reynolds

      In Florida they must have p/c b4 a dog can search.

  • Highannah

    I sometimes travel from Lincoln to central Nebraska using 1-80. I’ve done this trip maybe 20 times in the past year and I only saw this sign once. I was headed back into lincoln and was near a small town that I’ve been to before, because of the fact I have a friend that lives there. I had like maybe a dime bag, my pipe, and my grinder, and I was freaking the fuck out. Not knowing that there was no actual drug search, I took that exit off. I figured that there would be officers waiting at the bottom so I just kept the speed limit and drove on by. I saw at least 5 people pulled over though. I was not pulled over, nothing happened. Maybe it was because nobody expects a 16 year old white girl to be smuggling drugs, idk. So I just took another route for a few miles and hopped on from another entrance. I figure these would happen a lot more in south western nebraska, but I have not seen one while traveling in that part of the state. Just thought I would share my experience.

  • london

    My wife and I were on a road trip to Indiana from the great state of Colorado. On the way back to our great state we seen one of these signs right outside Kansas city. They had 5 cop cars setup right by the exit and 2 in the median of the highway to make it look more legit but we keep driving and never seen anything else so I would assume that Kansas is involved in this deception as well. And if anyone has been thru Kansas you know you need some meds just to make the drive thru that baron state.

    • london

      We were on i-70 by the way and it was August of 2012 so pretty recent.

      • feminoz

        yep…kansas.. ck out my recent post.. i bet you saw it right outside of Manhattan kansas.. this is where they always seem to do it.. i travel to hays kansas from kc often.. it is not ok that i have anxiety and fear over a road trip..but now i do.. it sucks..!

        • AngelaO

          Thanks to our government’s invasion of our privacy!

    • Matthew Tinker Head

      Yeah… KANSAS BLOWS!
      lol

    • ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

      It isn’t really” barren” as you put it. Part is pretty rolling hills.

      • Von

        That’s a matter of perspective, when your use to seeing mountains and glaciers!!! I love my state!!! Alaska rules!

        • ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

          Actually that statement is objective. Kansas has green rolling hills.

          • Von

            I lived in Independence in my way younger days, it’s a rolling turd. LoL. You should visit the 907 sometime, your subjective fascination with rolling green hills, will litterially be rocked by the matnuska thunder f$&k. Plus that we have sensible laws regarding cannabis, have since 1979 and they got even better…. No need to worry about your 4th amendment rights being trampled on! ;-p

  • judydav

    on our last road trip we saw 2 of these…one in georgia and one in birmingham…we just barrelled on, come what may…and nothing ever came.

  • Heather Leather

    This summer my bf and I were traveling out of Colorado into Nebraska en route to Wi. We were driving my car which has disabled plates and only going 5mph over the speed limit. A cop pulled up along side of us, stared at us, then dropped behind us and pulled us over. He asked my bf who was driving to step out of the car, then proceeded to put him in the back seat of his police car. He asked my bf if he had any illegal drugs in the car. My bf answered honestly, no, but my gf has her legal prescription medication with her. The cop then asked my bf if it was ok if he had his k9 dog search my car. My bf said sure. The cop then gave my bf a long lecture about how Marijuana is legal in Colorado, but illegal to carry over state lines blah blah blah. At the end of his snooze fest lecture he asked my bf if he had anything in the car that he wanted to “disclose”. My bf said, once again no. The cop then let my bf out of his backseat and gave him a warning for going 5mph over the speed limit. I feel like the cop was profiling us because we were coming from Colorado, and had disabled plates. Im sure he thought we drove all the way to Colorado for MMJ and were taking it back to Wi. Thankfully we had smoked our last bowl 2 hours prior and it was nice out so we had the windows wide open. That was 7 months ago and Im still pissed off about it. I MUCH prefer MMJ to prescription pain medication. What a judgmental asshat the cop was. Its bad enough to be damn disabled in the 1st place, then add insult to injury and get harassed by a cop.

  • herblover

    I was stopped at one in the lovely state of Utah. Luckily when the poice came to the truck he didn’t have his dog. Me and my buddy managed to lie are way out of a search. We found out that the highway patrolman that had passed us earlier radioed the check point and told them I was swerving. Got lucky

  • Nick

    What a bunch of mofos. Cops fuckin suck.

  • Alan Berry

    After driving over a million miles over 13 years as a long haul trucker, I can tell you about this practice. The police and state patrol and sheriff are hoping that when we see that “drug checkpoint ahead” sign, we citizens will decide to take the next exit to avoid it… because that is precisely where they are waiting to search you and your vehicle.

  • Raz Lemons

    While I deplore that tactics used by LE against us I have just as big a problem with you nonchalant attitude about toking & driving, Drinking nor Toking while driving is OK .

    • paul80033

      Oh, shut the fuck up. if you even smoke you know there is NO problem driving while high. The ONLY issue you might have is with being tired as a result of being high. Get the fuck off your high horse and smoke a bowl.

      • Slappy

        paul you should shut the fuck up…obviously youve never smoked anything decent or you wouldnt post this! Try not to kill anyone moron!

      • Sean Collard

        You are an idiot, Paul. Marijuana reduces focus, reduces concentration, slows reaction times, etc. If you’ve ever smoked anything other than Flyover Country brown schwag, you’d know this. I’ve driven everything from a Ford Tempo to an 18 wheeler while stoned, and I feel I have the authority to make this statement.

        Don’t smoke and drive, kids. It’s stupid and dangerous. Don’t drink and drive, don’t drive tired if you can avoid it, just in general try to be at your absolute best when behind the wheel of half a ton or more or of metal moving at significant speed. Remember, a vehicle is more than just transportation–it’s a deadly weapon. Be careful with it.

    • Eko Carpenter

      It is ok.

  • Nicoline Smits

    That’s you guys’ problem with all these friggin’ states. Seriously. Gay people can get married in some states, but not in others. It used to be you couldn’t drink from the same water fountain based on skin color. That took legislation at the federal level also.

    • Eko Carpenter

      It helps keep the .gov in check. It just has some side effects.

  • YehudaPa

    Just remember to say, ” I don’t consent to searches”. Ask permission to leave. Don’t answer any questions. Say Officer I’d like be on my way so if you are not detaining me I’d like to be dismissed. Thank you.

  • YehudaPa

    And be careful for G-d’s sake. Don’t be a fool. Wait until you are somewhere safe. Also vaporizers don’t smell and smoke up the car nearly as much if at all.

  • feminoz

    Kansas.. 1-70 east bound..RIGHT BEFORE Manhattan Kansas .. .TRAIL RIDGE ROAD.About 3 to 5 miles west of the fake truck stop… .Fake scare you off the road drug check point.. always on a weekend..Ive seen it MANY times.. always in the daylight.. fake signs .. drug canine in use. be prepared to stop.. ample opportunity to make turn a rounds on legal pavement..at least 3 of them. only ONE off ramp.. over the hill and down.. cant see them unless you DO take the ramp or after you pass the ramp. plenty of cops to watch who turns around and heads back west.. that is what they are waiting on. Never Ever is there a checkpoint that brings the 75 mile and hour hwy to a stop.

    • AngelaO

      Thanks for the heads up!

    • Stuck

      Was there 6 days ago. Took the Tallgrass exit off 70E (about 40 miles west of Topeka) after the drug search sign. I’m thinking the people who stopped me weren’t real cops. They made me dump $840 worth of edibles in the grass and let me go. Never saw a badge, never asked for my license or registration. They told me to dump the wrappers at a gas station, and then told me the back roads to avoid the search ahead.

      • Slappy

        I call bullshit!

  • Doober

    BEWARE TRAVELING ON I 10 EAST THROUGH TEXAS! There is a checkpoint near Sierra Blanca you can not avoid it , the interstate goes right through it, no where on turn, armed police, drug dogs, This is where Willie Nelsom, Snoop Dog and Fiona Apple all have been busted. Avoid this

    • Mitch

      What about I 10 east starting in East Texas and going to gulf shores Alabama? I hear there’s a popular checkpoint near El Paso but what about east Texas and alabama?

      • Hurricane

        Gulf Shores Alabama today, an electronic drug check point sign just
        before the bridge on 59 as you’re leaving the beach, claims K-9’s are
        being used. No checkpoint, no dogs, just jerks in police cars waiting
        for you to panic and screw up. Interestingly, the police actually
        advertised that there would be this drug checkpoint before they set it
        up. Can’t quite figure that one out.

        • zalphy

          The permanent checkpoints in Texas are “Interior Border Control Checkpoints” and are present on all highways leaving the Mexican international border. If you are traveling east/west as long as you avoid El Paso, you should be fine. Most of these checkpoints are present on google maps from what I’ve seen.

    • Eko Carpenter

      I bet a couple IEDs would discourage such tyrrany.

    • AngelaO

      Thanks for letting us know!

    • gracierr12

      It’s true, this is the most insidious snare of all. I was stopped there coming from Cali and spent a hellish 36 hrs. among those people. They are smug and horrible and seemingly take a sordid pleasure in announcing loudly that a California recommendation is not legal there. Additionally, know that in Texas, if you have an edible that contains hash, they charge you with the aggregate amount of the entire edible regardless of the amount of hash actually in it. One year and $15,000.00 in legal fees later, I could “breathe easy” with only a misdemeanor on my record…..all because I forgot that I had a few first time patient freebies (under 1/2 oz.) stashed in my trunk (where you are supposed to put it when traveling in California).

    • Galin McMahon

      You had me at Texas. That state sucks.

    • sarah

      Is there really? Going to cannabis cup.this.year and im from tx.

  • Robert Alan Sronce

    Just passed through western Kansas two days ago and sure enough there were the checkpoint/K-9 signage. Seen them in Illinois for years and got the heads up about this practice the hard way by experiencing the trauma of an anticipated police action. Realized then and now it’s a form of entrapment. Earlier this year coming back from Colorado was stopped in Kansas for no other reason than (I was told) my license plate did not register on the officers computer. He took my papers and went back to his SUV and sat back there for about ten minutes..figured he was waiting for K -9 which never showed up. Cop didn’t see nothing, didn’t smell anything..he was powerless. Cop was pretty nice and let me go with a thank you. Lucky me. I realize Kansas and a lot of less progressive states still have draconian laws on the books and many see these laws as bread and butter for financial gain. Just don’t do it..it isn’t legal there and they’re going out of their way to enforce it. It’s just not worth it. I wish they had never passed that stupid law in Colorado..it’s done nothing but brought heat on the rest of us. Thanks for nothin.

    • Von

      That “stupid law” ???? I would say the stupid law/laws were passed many many years ago when some Prohibitionist felt they knew better than you on what you decide to put in your body. The stupid law that needs to be removed are the unconstitutional prohibition laws loosely applied via the commerce clause. If the founders of your country knew how our law makers were going to use the commerce clause, they would have been more specific about the clause. The commerce clause was put in the constitution to help pretect local markets from price fixing, to help controll monopolies from sucking the fortunes from the people. It was never intended to be used to prohibit a substance. Otherwise the constitution would have had a prohibit clause.

  • Missy

    In the late 90’s I ran into an actual checkpoint going to WVa. Thank God I had an amount I could eat.

  • RoadNinja

    I ran into one of these fake drug checkpoints in Southern Illinois on Sunday 5-18-14 along Interstate 57

  • larry

    There’s always sobriety checkpoints. An easy manipulation to find other drugs on you.

    • zalphy

      Good point. I’ve never encountered a “fake” checkpoint, but it’s important to know which states allow these “sobriety” checkpoints.

      http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/checkpoint_laws.html

      I was on my way back from Colorado and encountered a “sobriety checkpoint” in Union County, New Mexico. The west bound lanes of US87 were stopped at Raton, NM before reaching I-25 and the east bound lanes were stopped 38 miles away in Des Moines, NM.

      If you’ve ever been through this corner of New Mexico on your way back to Texas, then you know its desolate and phone service is spotty at best. Even though these checkpoints were ~40mi apart, there was virtually no way around with spotty gps and data signal. Don’t be fooled if the sobriety checkpoint is not on your side of the highway, iow… your side of the highway’s checkpoint could be coming up ahead.

      We noticed there were drug dogs present and the cops were searching people’s cars and belongings on the side of the highway at night when we passed by the checkpoint on the opposite side of the highway. We always use a popular “crowdsourced social navigation application” on our smartphones when travelling. Fortunately, a user had reported the checkpoint located further ahead and we were able to avoid it with quick thinking. Without four wheel drive and a full tank of gas, I don’t think we would have made it around unbothered. I hope these details will help others avoid such direct violations to our fourth amendment rights.

  • Wolftato

    Yo came in through Kansas and ran into one of them. I’m a retired vet with PTSD and had three eights. I panicked and took the exit where they were waiting. They nailed me but had me dump my bud and let me go because I was a vet. After they let me go I continued driving to find out there was no checkpoint. Just keep driving stay calm do the speed limit and give them no reason to pull you over and you’ll be straight. Best of luck to all of you and smoke on.

  • Geo

    We just passed by the sign on I 70 and were very worried for half an hour. There was an accident and lots of cops pulled over a couple miles up the road, and we thought for sure that was it. But nope, we’ve passed through Topeka and still no drug check

  • Hurricane

    Gulf Shores Alabama today, an electronic drug check point sign just before the bridge on 59 as you’re leaving the beach, claims K-9’s are being used. No checkpoint, no dogs, just jerks in police cars waiting for you to panic and screw up. Interestingly, the police actually advertised that there would be this drug checkpoint before they set it up. Can’t quite figure that one out.

    • Hurricane

      This is a highway with businesses etc., not a high speed interstate, but it’s on a section that would make it really obvious you were trying to avoid the checkpoint.

      • Janeen

        I saw this on the news today. Did they actually stop people on the bridge or beyond to inspect their vehicles? It was all fake?

        • Hurricane

          Yep, stopped a bunch of people, made 12 arrests including one for an outstanding felony warrant and a gun violation. I’m assuming the other 10 were for drugs. Yes, all fake. They just wait to see who panics and throws stuff out or tries to turn around then bust them for littering or making an illegal U-turn and search their cars during that bust. I still think there are some probable cause issues with searching your car for making an illegal turn.

          • Hurricane

            Anyway, they can’t legally put up a drug checkpoint for no reason. Has to be an actual border patrol (like they have in Texas or California) checkpoint that’s real purpose is checking for illegal aliens. DON’T take drugs through one of those!!! So if you see a sign like the ones discussed here, just keep calm and keep driving. There won’t be a checkpoint ahead unless it’s a Border Patrol one and all Border Patrol checkpoints I’ve gone through are identified as such. And they have those well into the states. There’s a checkpoint on I-15 in CA, north of Mexico by…mmmmm…100 miles?

  • Karebear

    Me and my boyfriend took a road trip a couple weeks ago to colorado from Indiana and on the way back from Colorado on I-80 in York, Nebraska we seen the signs. We thought about taking the next exit but thankfully we didn’t and just said f*** it and kept driving. There was a lot of cops flicking people for speeding but no check point. Just don’t speed or take any exits.

  • Fisher

    Idaho uses these phony drug checkpoint tactics on I 84 coming into the state from Utah. They have cops hiding using binoculars to watch for people throwing out things or turning around

  • Fisher

    Do not pull in unless you pass a regulatory sign ( black lettering on a white background) the orange triangular signs are warning only and not enforceable. See the manuel on uniform traffic control devices.

  • Paul

    My son traveled through Kansas on I-70 two days ago and witnessed these warning signs. They elected to take the next exit and were followed very closely by a white SUV for several miles before the SUV stopped and turned around. Good thing they didn’t throw away any evidence….

  • adult

    I have a idea , don’t smoke dope you losers

    • scota465

      Losers – you’re just another clueless fool that thinks the only people who smoke are people like they see in the Hollywood Movies

    • Chad Harris

      Here’s an Idea for you “adult” Why don’t you try educating yourself on the fact that this supposed material you call “Dope”. Is actually medicine, with tonz of SCIENTIFIC DATA, that backs it all up.. Why else would our own Govt. Own a patent on the Medical properties of Marijuana? http://www.google.com/patents/US6630507

  • lynn

    The arguments about the police teaching our society it’s OK to lie are silly. What is the person carrying the illegal substance teaching their children? I am not for or against laws allowing or restrictions Marijuana but it’s a fair game. People want to transport drugs across state lines which is breaking the “rules” then the police have a right to try and catch them. It’s their job. We all know if we decide to smoke and carry it on us we may possibly face some consequences. No since in getting upset that law enforcement tries to catch us. And most likely if you are carrying just a small personal supply a big deal isn’t going to be made of it.

    • Von

      While, i do get what your saying about people transporting drugs are breaking the law, but I disagree that is okay. They have to have probable cause to search and or a search warrent. Pulling off at an exit should not be probable cause, as pulling off an exit is a legal traffic move. I also personally think that cops setting up a lie to hopefully catch a person with drugs is an example of poor integrity. Two wrongs does not make a right, comes to mind. If even just one innocent person was disrupted by this slimy technique, it then becomes a horrible violation of that persons constitutional right and everyone should be outraged by this. All for a substance that has no fatality rate!

  • Unkown

    I just Drove from Colorado back home to Chicago and we didn’t see any of those signs. We brought back some weed and were freaking out but it turned out to be ok! We saw a total of 4-5 cops the whole way there and one with a K9- as long as you don’t smoke in cabin and put weed in suitcase in trunk and DONT speed you will be fine! They need a reason to pull you over it is illegal for them to “randomly” pull you over.

  • Coloradotraveler

    This exact scenario is happening on I-70 not far east of Denver. We saw it on 3/19/2015 just past Byers and again on our return trip the 23rd near Strasburg. Same deal, no real checkpoint, but the poor people who took the desolate exit were getting rousted. Also people doing U-turns, throwing stuff out. We did exactly what you did, just be cool and keep on trucking and you’ll be fine. Don’t get out of the boat.

  • dlclendenen

    I’m all for ending prohibition but if you fucking morons are driving down the road all fucked up you’re part of the problem.

  • bigdog

    Fake checkpoint in Illinois coming north on 55 from St Louis

  • Heart rate high

    There’s one about 45 minutes west of Booneville Missouri on I70. 7/7/15

    • Kulie

      I travel this stretch four times a week and see the checkpoint with the orange sign at least once a month. Freaked me out the first time!

  • Medicinal user

    Let me just say this, if you are coming out of Denver and you have a out of state tag not from the area, YOU WILL BE PROFILED! Colby Kansas is the first small town on i70 and the highway patrol station is not far from there! They will pull you over and claim false reasons as to why they pulled you. And they will insist on searching your car, if you do not consent they will call the k9. Dnt drive at night.

  • Dave

    There’s one on I-80 Eastbound between Kearney and Grand Island. I fell into the trap yesterday, but managed to get away.

    • theunamedcooldudeatheparty

      was it a fake one? and was it in the daytime or nighttime? Appreciate the post and any feedback, mate!

    • NebraskansforLegalization

      Just saw those signs at the same spot and got off at the exit. There was no one there waiting. We proceeded down the highway since it went to the same destination and didn’t want to get back on immediately thinking they might be waiting there. We kept going and saw no one. We remembered we needed gas and eventually stopped to get gas and went to the bathroom. When I came back there was a state patrol on the other side of the pump on his walkie. I got in the passenger side and we pulled away. He didn’t follow us but I thought it was a little too coincidental that he was there. I wonder if they were watching with a drone or something and then radioed them down the road or something.

  • Emmy

    Thank you for your article. Unfortunately it was too late forme, but it’s good to know now. I live in Calofornia, have my card and am on a cross country trip to Pennsylvania to surprise my mom for her birthday. I brought very little and a tiny pipe to help me sleep at night alone in strange hotels along the way. Second day into the trip in the middle of freaking Nebraska I saw these signs, and more and more signs and freaked. I was already tired from driving and not thinking clearly freaked, and decided the swarm of hotels I saw a few exits back would be a good place to rest up for a while and figure out the situation. So I took an exit with the intention of heading back west a few miles (which could have been completely legit even if I didn’t have anything with me. And boom, unfortunately the swarm of cops were hidden until I was already there. The price tag of the ticket wasn’t horrific and the cops I dealt with weren’t assholes, but I just wanted my little bit of herb so I could sleep at night before continuing my drive. Thanks for listening, just happened today so I’m a little pissed. Watch out in Nebraska!!!

  • Radar

    Being a trucker I have seen these a lot, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Arizona, Colorado to name a few.

    I carry nothing so have no concern, but my first one I saw I didn’t know. So thinking of a traffic back up And my full blatter, I hit the exit to pee. Big mistake for an 18 wheeler, 6 hours of interrogation and a full inspection, truckers do not have the same rights in a roadside inspection so they don’t need probable cause.

    I did actually end up pissing my paints, on purpose to prove a point and keep out of a police car. They are all fake, do not react, don’t slow and don’t exit!

    • Von

      Actually, your 4th amendment rights do apply as a trucker. They would still have to proove probable cause and get a warrent, all they can do is a inspection of the rig and your paperwork, maybe weigh you. Search and seizure you are still protected under the constitution. I suggest discussing that situation with some legal council incase you come across that situation again.

  • Jman

    I drive through a checkpoint on highway 281 in falfurias tx a lot since I live in fl and I go to Texas regularly and theirs no way out of south Texas without driving right through these checkpoints they use drug dogs and in my case they tell me to pull over everytime and take up atleast 2hours of my time because they say the drug dogs alerted that I had drugs in my vehicle in various occasions they have ran the X-ray truck around my vehicles and have taken their dogs into my travel trailer stating that they knew I had the trailer full of drugs and that they would be impounding my truck and trailer after they found my stash and have found nothing at the end of the search (once I went back in my travel trailer once I arrived to my destination I noticed their dog had pissed on my mattress and it was soaked )
    -What rights do I have at that checkpoint against them harassing me and stating that their dog alerted them I have drugs and have probable cause because of the dog when clearly the dog doesn’t care about my vehicles, they usually touch a car door or fender then the dog touches in the same spot right after them and they say that the dog smelled something in that area ?
    I can think of 5 specific times in 2 different vehicles that I have gotten harassed and searched and let go
    after 2 hours of “searching”

    • Fat Meech

      So if you do have some will they find it?

  • Briguy

    what about going from Cali to Arizona on the 10 E?? will be going on hallows eve need to know pleaseeee

  • hapless victim

    We made the mistake of taking the exit and running right into a trap. An officer on an exit to no where waiting for panicked drivers like us. We had very little and he made it clear were good if we don’t have a lot.

    Lost my glass and the bit I had. But drove away.

  • DoneThisBefore

    Just went through my second fake drug search in kansas. Fuck kansas.

  • Sway

    Just saw one in Kansas. Did not exit.

  • Heidi

    Saw one on S 287 near Wichita Falls. In all my years of driving, I have never seen something like this. The sign read, Drug Checkpoint Ahead. As far as I know, there was not a K9 unit, but a trooper had someone pulled over.

  • Lou

    Any feed back on my situation… We are moving from Denver to Illinois.. Taking I-70 E, one of us is driving our vehicle with our 2 children, the other is driving the Uhaul.. I was going to take back at least a few O’s, some wax, & pieces… (Was thinking about getting a food sealer to seal the mj in, not sure about spending the $ for it though) & I wasn’t sure if we would run into anything along the way,, should we keep it in the trunk of our car.? Or the Uhaul.? Or will the Uhaul get pulled over automatically in this type of situation.? Any suggestions or anything would help..

  • MadMex (Joe)

    If you do take some with you . This is a idea I’ve had many years ago . Invest in some gallon cans of paint just make sure it’s latex and it don’t have to be high dollar shit, buy the cheapest paint on sale. Then invest in some empty gallon cans with lids. Take one of the emptys put your stash in it. Don’t stuff it full maybe 1/16 to 1/4. Don’t forget to seal your stash tight with with water proof ziplock bags. Take the paint that you bought carefully pour it in the new can. Try not to spill it everywhere runing down the sides try to make it look like the paint hasn’t been open yet. Take lable off paint (carefully don’t rip it)and put it on your stash can and put the lid on tight . You want it to seem like it’s a average gallon of paint by weight if some one would pick it up or even open the lid it seems normal. Best of all dogs wont smell it. It seems like a lot to do but its not nothing really. It’s a hellavha lot better then going to jail .

    of a lot better

  • Steve-O Chicag-O

    We went to Denver for a week – Just got back to Illinois two days ago. We went up to Cheyenne up I-25 North and back and didn’t see a SINGLE police car the entire way there or back.

    On the way west through Iowa, we only saw two state police cars watching east bound and two or three watching the east bound traffic. They will camp out and radar spots where you go up a hill and can’t see them until the last moment, so if you do have something, definitely use cruise control and go only 2 or 3 miles over the limit and you will NOT be stopped. Through Nebraska going west we saw only a couple state police cars camping out for speeders. Heading into Colorado westward we only saw one single Colorado state police car at a rest stop. Leaving the state going eastward up to I-80 east through Nebraska, we did not see a single Colorado police car.

    I was paranoid as hell so we did not take anything with us. But to be honest, after seeing the totally normal police presence, I wish to God I would have brought back an ounce or two. If you set the cruise contro and drive carefully, you will NOT get caught. I got speeding tickets going both ways and the cops on both occasions just wanted to give me a speeding ticket. No questions at all about where we went, if we had anything, nothing.

    My end advice: Go ahead and bring back whatever you want and can afford. Seal it up and put it in your trunk. When you leave Colorado, set your cruise control for 2 or 3 miles over and do NOT speed for any reason whatsoever, even to pass slow bastards. Get home safe and enjoy that beautiful, delicious ass weed. I am so sorry I was paranoid and didn’t bring anything back.

    I’ll say it again: There was very little police presence on the highways. Try to look respectable, don’t get baked before you drive, stop as little as possible, mind your own business and DON’T speed and you will be FINE. :)

  • We are planning a trip to Denver for some weed..plan to drive and take a rental car home. Is this a bad idea? Any hints on how to transport? Zip Locks, smelling spray which I just heard of. In the rental car? Or are we better flying back? Then of course how to carry it on the airplane – i seem to be reading carry on luggage – Zip Locked of course. May bring some editable too.

    Any help would be appreciated!

  • I meant flying to Denver and returning in a rental car. Sorry!