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6450 U.S. Highway 6 , Portage, IN 46368
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Plainfield police noticed a suspicious car in a hotel parking lot and conducted a dog sniff of the car. The dog alerted to the odor of narcotics. Police then conducted a dog sniff of the hotel room believed to be associated with the car’s owner, and again the dog alerted to the odor of narcotics. Police knocked on the door and Crabtree answered. Police asked Crabtree to exit the room and she did so. Police then went into the room to remove her companion. In part using information they gained while in the room, police applied for and received a warrant to search the car and room. The search revealed narcotics and stolen firearms. Crabtree moved to suppress the evidence found in the hotel room, arguing the dog sniff and warrantless entry into the room were improper and thus the warrant did not contain sufficient probable cause. The trial court denied her motion, and this interlocutory appeal ensued.
The scheduled panelists are Judge Vaidik, Judge Crone, and Judge Tavitas.