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“The fact that a traffic law has been violated is, generally speaking, a legally sufficient basis to justify stopping a vehicle, irrespective of any additional suspicions held by the officer(s) conducting the stop,” wrote Justice Elspeth Cypher. "The fact that the [police] may have believed that the defendants were engaging in illegal drug activity does not limit their power to make an authorized stop."
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Court: Whitman police justified in using traffic stop for drug investigation